03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Can We Afford to Let Blanche Lincoln Stop Health Care Reform Dead in Its Tracks?

You can rail all you want at Joe Lieberman -- we all do -- but it's like feeding a troll; he loves the attention and the sense of martyrdom. And getting the Democrats to kick him out of the caucus if he joins the Republican filibuster of health care? Fat chance. Mary Landrieu? As usual she's more concerned about what her corporate donors and K Street lobbyist pals think than what her constituents want -- especially when she's not up for re-election for 5 years. Baucus? Nelson? Same thing. They each figure everyone's attention span is short enough so that nothing will matter when they face the voters in Montana and Nebraska next ... respectively in 2014 and 2012.

No, as we've been telling you all year, there's really only one weak link worth trying to beat into submission: Arkansas' corrupt and reactionary -- don't those two terms always seem to find a way of cuddling up with each other? -- senior senator, Blanche Lincoln. Blue America has run TV spots against Lincoln all summer and fall and she's watched her re-elect numbers dwindle down to a place where if a serious opponent -- i.e., one with big bucks to buy advertising -- jumped into the race, she would lose. She may lose anyway, even though her current opponents would probably do better if they toured together as a carnival freak show. Yesterday the RNC started their own campaign against her, trying to push her to vote with Republicans -- as she so often does -- and against health care reform.

This week Blue America and our friends at Donkey On The Edge Productions have a brand new ad for Arkansas voters to look at -- the fourth in our series -- and the message is very different from the Republicans'. By all means, be the first to view it, and please consider making a contribution on our Campaign for Health Care Choice page so we can run it deep and wide.

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