Wednesday, June 07, 2006
How frustrated are Republicans and Democrats that they cheerfully voted to upend the status quo in
The outcome of this primary could have been anticipated if the
…The main reason so many Republican incumbents lost to little-known primary challengers was the accumulated frustration of the rank and file with elected Republicans who had abandoned their party's principles - especially the principle of limited government. This is a huge problem for Republicans holding federal office, too. …
… Frustrated Republican voters, fed up with big-government Republican incumbents and seeing credible challengers supported by conservative institutions, made sweeping changes.
The danger for GOP majorities across the country this fall is that Republican voters may still be frustrated with their incumbents. In the fall, they won't have primary challengers through which to vent their frustration. But they can stay home. Republican officeholders have very little time left to demonstrate to these voters that it's still worth coming out to vote.
In some ways, it looks like Des Moines Republicans assumed that they were immune from the nationwide incumbent hangover. But voters understand that Republicans don't represent
I think it’s fixable, but it requires soul searching. Both parties will have the opportunity to hear from the rank & file activists at the upcoming state conventions, perhaps some leaders will take the time to listen.
It’s over for now. I’m glad for that; candidates are probably relieved as well.
(A late post due to blogger tech problems.)