2010: The Year Of The Anti-Incumbents? Not Really.
So, I’ve definitely been guilt of pushing the anti-incumbent meme, but it’s appearing as if the exact opposite is true.
By a margin of 317-7 (4 of which were Repubs, 1 of whom was Arlen Specter), incumbents have been winning primary fights left and right.
PHOENIX, Arizona — Despite surging anti-incumbent fervor ahead of November legislative and state elections, no incumbent is expected to lose in US primary votes Tuesday, results that would deal a setback to insurgent candidates.
Voters head to the polls for primary elections in Arizona, Florida, Vermont and Alaska and results are being closely watched as a litmus test of voter mood.
Tuesday’s results may predict whether insurgent candidates, especially Republicans backed by staunchly anti-government Tea Party groups, will continue to make advances over those with more moderate views.
And, while I’m not a big fan, Rachel Maddow called this back in early June…
But what about the Tea Party? Weren’t they supposed to be taking the country back this year?
Don’t believe everything that Fox News tells you…
The Tea Party movement, which sprung up in 2009 as a grass roots revolt against Obama’s tax, economic and health reform policies, has electrified the Republican Party base.
Taking its name from a revolt against British rule in colonial Boston in 1773, the group has emerged as a powerful force in nominating Republicans for November’s mid-term legislative and gubernatorial elections.
Tea Party candidates have already won important Senate primary victories in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, and in other states, over more mainstream Republicans.
But Tuesday’s results may show the anti-incumbent narrative has been oversold.
Well, I take that back…it might be the year of the anti-incumbent sentiment in the Republican party…but so far you’re not seeing a lot of attrition when it comes to those voting for politicians who are already in office.
More as it develops…