We've spent plenty of time this year talking about the divisions in the Republican Party, mostly about the rise of the Tea Party, and also focusing on the various primaries where the ideological differences are most pronounced, such as Florida, Texas and Arizona.
But there are divisions in the Democratic Party as well, and we saw that during the negotiations over health care. Perhaps the biggest stage where two wings of the party are trying to define what exactly is a Democrat is Arkansas, where centrist Sen. Blanche Lincoln faces a spirited primary challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, backed by many progressive groups. The primary is May 18.
Both Lincoln and Halter are our special guests today during the Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
Plus: President Obama hopes to recreate 2008 (at least on election day), a look at the May primary calendar, political fallout from Arizona, bad news for the Democrats in the Illinois Senate race, deadline day approaches for Charlie Crist in Florida and, most important, the Yankees come to the White House.
Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt!
If your local NPR station doesn't carry TOTN, you can always hear the program on the Web or on HD Radio. And if you are a subscriber to XM/Sirius radio, you can find the show there as well (siriusly).