California Money Flooding into Arkansas
There’s a handful of incumbent Democrat senators facing some very tight races this coming November. Keeping them in the national news is the political tap-dancing they are being required to perform to put distance between themselves and their increasingly unpopular president, who is leading their party determinedly and destructively left. These senators are particularly vulnerable for their support of ObamaCare, which they all irresponsibly voted for without having a clue as to what they were inflicting on their constituents. Facing tough re-election contests, you’d think they might attune their political sensitivities to the decidedly dyspeptic mood of their constituents.
Well, not so much with our tone-deaf Democrat senator here in Arkansas, Mark Pryor.
I recently received an e-mail from Pryor’s Republican opponent, Congressman Tom Cotton, informing me that Pryor had recently been a guest of honor at a $10,400-per-plate fundraiser in Hollywood. I admit to being a Cotton supporter (he served in the same regiment, the 506th Infantry of the 101st Airborne, as I once did), but even so, I thought to myself that this had to be hyperbole. I simply could not believe that Pryor could be so politically dense as to hand his opponent such a risky advantage in such a tough fight. So I went online, and sure enough, there was ol’ Mark, supping with socialist swells (don’t expect to find any mention in the Democrat media) out there on the Left Coast, at a dinner sponsored by Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, a noted lefty fundraiser, gathering in oodles of ultra-lib California cash to bring back to Arkansas to spend pounding on a down-home, good-ole-boy Army war veteran.
Folks, this is Arkansas, a place where the term "carpet bagging" still leaves a bad taste in the mouth. And while there is still a solid contingent of the Old South Democratic Party here, it is not even close to being in tune with those Chablis-sipping, Left-Coast, limousine-liberal Democrats underwriting Pryor’s campaign. Most folks here in this graceful, thriving example of the Old South embrace the reality (and what we consider an absolute blessing) that we are in flyover country. Down here, California, and particularly Hollywood, is perceived as poorly as all those Yankee blue enclaves up north, like Sheecago, Deetroit, and Noo Yawk City.
Pryor may be home-grown and from an old Democrat dynasty, but injecting flaming, decadent Hollywood liberals and their ill-gained wealth into this Arkansas campaign is begging for the response that Cotton’s campaign is more than happy to hand him.
Right now there must be a whole bunch of Arkansas Democrat movers and shakers out there shaking their heads and wondering just what the hell that boy thought he was doing going out there, for crying out loud. My first thought in that regard was desperation.
As for the ever-expanding Republican Party in Arkansas, they’ve just been handed proof positive and endlessly reproducible that their main line of attack is rock-solid: Mark Pryor has become a liberal, elitist, bi-coastal socialist, more attuned to the politically correct and lib-looney interests on both coasts than those of the down-home folks here in Arkansas.