The hotly-contested Arkansas Democratic primary continues to be a contest over which candidate can best depict the other as bad for American jobs.
On Friday, the union conglomerate AFL-CIO sent out a mailer to its 20,000 members in Arkansas accusing Sen. Blanche Lincoln of effectively outsourcing "thousands of jobs" from within her state with votes in favor of NAFTA and CAFTA.
Playing towards the commonly-held conception that it is East Asian countries which are the destinations for American jobs -- a tact the Lincoln campaign has used routinely in accusing Lt. Gov Bill Hatler of outsourcing jobs to India -- the mailer charges the senator with sending "19,800 Arkansas jobs to China alone."
The attack is another illustration of how aggressive the Arkansas primary is being fought on largely straightforward, checkbook items: jobs and spending. It also reflects a ramped up effort on the part of Halter's backers to galvanize support around the lieutenant governor.
Arkansas is in its early voting period right now. And the AFL-CIO could do wonders for its candidate if it can get the majority of its unionized workforce (and their relatives as well) to vote early.