Blanche Lincoln? Other outlets have picked up on the testy exchange between Blanche Lincoln and Obama, but this little nugget caught by Glenn Thrush went unnoticed:
The seminal moment of this morning’s Q and A between Senate Democrats and President Obama was an extraordinary — and extraordinarily uncomfortable — exchange between Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Obama over the party’s left and right wings…
Lincoln, who faces serious competition in her ’10 reelection — and a 27 percent approval rate in Arkansas — practically demanded Obama “push back in our own party … for people at the extremes.”
She added that “no one in your administration” understands how to make payroll.
Obama shot back hard, warning Lincoln, gently but firmly, that he had no intention of adopting the previous administration’s policies, cautioning, “I don’t know what would differentiate us from the other guys.” [quickie transcript]
“We should not be spooked,” he added
Lincoln’s numbers are tanking. As Obama continues his stubborn ideological march to the left, Lincoln has every reason to be “spooked”. As election season nears, things are going to get spookier for her. Here’s hoping that this rift becomes seismic.