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Alan Mollohan loses primary fight

West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his bid for a 15th term tonight at the hands of state Sen. Mike Oliverio, a defeat that further affirms the anti-incumbent sentiment coursing through the country.

Mollohan hadn't faced a serious primary fight in more than a decade and was seen in some circles as unbeatable given that the 1st district seat had been in his family since 1968. (His father held it from 1968-1982 before handing it off to the son.)

But, Oliverio, who served a single term in the state House of Delegates before being elected to the state Senate in 1994, ran hard against Mollohan's entrenched incumbent status and the lingering whiff of ethics problems that had dogged the Congressman for years.

The race has gotten very nasty over its final weeks with Oliverio referring to Mollohan as "one of the most corrupt members of Congress" and the incumbent retorting that his opponent is "lying" and "spreading right-wing smears".

Mollohan, despite regular warning from state and national Democratic strategists, never seemed to understand the threat posed by Oliverio and, according to several sources, ran a campaign suited to the early 1990s rather than 2010 in terms of its sophistication.

On the Republican side, former state Del. David McKinley won his party's nomination. Republicans, however, had made clear they preferred to run against Mollohan and must now re-orient their strategy.

Mollohan is the first House member to lose a re-election bid in the 2010 cycle and the first Democrat to lose a bid for re-nomination since Rep. Al Wynn (Md.) in 2008. Three House Republicans -- Rep. Chris Cannon (Utah), Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (Md.) and Rep. Dave Davis (Tenn.) -- lost in intraparty fights last cycle.

Mollohan's defeat follows hard on a loss by Utah Sen. Bob Bennett (R) in the Beehive State's convention process over the weekend and, as such, will foment the sense that incumbents -- of all parties and offices -- need to be on guard heading into the summer primary season and the fall midterms.

(While the race is rightly seen -- at least partially -- through a national prism in terms of its scope, it's important to remember two factors unique to this race: Mollohan had been damaged by ethics allegations over the last few years and Oliverio actually ran to the incumbent's ideological right -- castigating him for his vote in favor of President Obama's health care bill.)

A recent Washington Post/ABC poll showed that less than one in three people said they plan to vote to re-elect their member of Congress -- numbers that haven't been seen in Post/ABC data since the Republican wave election of 1994.

Just how bad it has gotten for incumbents will be tested in a serious way next Tuesday when Democratic Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) attempt to fend off serious primary challenges.

Aaron Blake contributed to this report.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2010; 9:48 PM ET
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Posted by: itkonlyyou56 | May 12, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Brigade is not new, noa. Just another pseudonym.

==

I figure it's zouk after all. Didn't realize that in addition to all his obvious monikers he also has stealth ones like doof, so Brigade is probably just another one of those.

Funny, the guy does all those "you need to get a life" posts and he invests 18 hours of every day posting here, all the while telling us what a vastly successful overachiever he is.

Imagine what it's like living in his head. Raw red screeching hate every second of his life.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 12, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Something that is being lost in the shuffle here is that both of these guys: Bennett and Mollohan have been there for long periods of time. Perhaps voters feel that they have had enough time in place.

Posted by: RedRat | May 12, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"Relegating establishment Dem's to history's dustbin, is long overdue, and welcomed by progressives as well as Republicans"


many of these Ds you disparage like Rockefeller
have represented their state and nation well andyour suggestion as to what this means for him is pure partisan c+++. Sounds like R apologist will read everything into everything. What will they then say when their fair haired candidates like Portman go down to defeat, see that sends a message?
Its simple. Weak and Bad candidates from either party will lose. Only the strong will survive.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 12, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

What its most amusing about this blog, is that Chris Cillizza, merely by posting a few random opinions had the unwavering ability to send liberals into exasperating contortions of reality in their exhaustive attempts to try to dispute what he says. Even to the point of trowing caution to the and injecting total fairy tails as reality in the process.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | May 12, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

W. Virginia, long a DEM stronghold; is turning RED in fairly dramatic fashion. Rockefeller should be the next tree to fall; otherwise the endemic corruption among WVA Dem's is legendary.

What will be interesting to see emerge, is a small, but vocal DEM progressive faction, similar to the liberal democrats in Canada and U.K. Relegating establishment Dem's to history's dustbin, is long overdue, and welcomed by progressives as well as Republicans.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | May 12, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

In the end, it was Mollohan's own record that took him down. He should have resigned before this. Since he didn't, WVians did it for him.

Posted by: gfafblifr | May 12, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

This sounds like good news for the D House
for a seat they likely would have otherwise lost in Nov. It may be close enough in the fall that control of the house comes down to 1-2 house elections so every retained seat is
critical.

I didn't see anything at all indicating
this had to do with anything other than
allegations about ethics and issue which
has not discrimnated b/w Ds and Rs and has brought down both equally(Ted Stevens, Conrad Burns, fair or not).

The message D candidates need to take away
from this race is to go on the attack early
and hard, and especially incumbents, who
might think that they get re-elected 90%
of the time. We should expect a knock
down campaign in the fall. Its still salvagable
for Ds in the house but they will need to be
super aggressive in their campaigns exactly as Oliverio.
Spector is pretty savvy lets see his strategy.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 12, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

To bag it or not bag it -- that is the R question:

"Hatch told ABC he’s not worried about suffering the same fate as Bennett. But a recent poll found that “more than half of Utah voters say they would elect someone other than Hatch if he were up for re-election this year.” In fact, a whopping 71 percent of the delegates at the state’s GOP convention said they would support a candidate other than Hatch.

Hatch’s dilemma — whether to embrace or distance himself from the Tea Party movement — is reflective of a wider problem the GOP is facing. Some leading conservatives have said the Tea Party has “limited appeal” because it is simply a “divisive protest movement” that “plays too much to people’s fears and hatred." Others, including GOP members of Congress, have pandered to the movement with violent rhetoric and outlandish conspiracy theories."

Posted by: drindl | May 12, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Brigade is not new, noa. Just another pseudonym.

Posted by: drindl | May 12, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Oliverio is far up on McKinley in WVA -- which now means that Dems will be keeping a seat they thought they might lose.

In other words == good news for Democrats. But CC could never put it that way.

Posted by: drindl | May 12, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Well, put West Virginia's 1st in play! McKinley will be able to raise money nicely now that this seat is in the public eye. Republican's will likely be able to win the House with a fairly comfortable margin. President Obama had better get used to working with Speaker Boehner to get things done, as the Senate is likely to be somewhere around 50-50. Great year for Republicans in 2010 b/c it's a bad year for incumbents.

Posted by: reason5 | May 12, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Well, put West Virginia's 1st in play! McKinley will be able to raise money nicely now that this seat is in the public eye. Republican's will likely be able to win the House with a fairly comfortable margin. President Obama had better get used to working with Speaker Boehner to get things done, as the Senate is likely to be somewhere around 50-50. Great year for Republicans in 2010 b/c it's a bad year for incumbents.

Posted by: reason5 | May 12, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Americans will be BBQing Democrats in November. I can't wait!

Posted by: DCer1 | May 12, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler


YOU have been banned 3 times from this blog.


NOW you have taken up to harrassing other posters - interrupting conversations in which you are not involved.

Don't you find it RUDE to interject yourself into a conversation - and then say don't talk to that person?

Did your mother teach you ANY manners???

Or is your gay character manifesting itself in a hatred of your mother - in addition to your country ????


Please tell us, is it because gay marriage is not legal where you live???


Do you prefer truck stops, or highway rest areas??

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

@wilder: you must be new here, welcome, great post below.

We don't respond to 37th around here, he's a crystal meth burnout who posts here around the clock. He makes up crap and pastes his own posts to jam discussion like the Soviets jamming radio from the free world. For reasons that remain unexplained, the blogger Cillizza lets it go on.

Brigade is new here and as you see, he's a little challenged in the honesty and emotionalism departments. In fact there are almost no regular conservative posters here who don't bait and lie, which is a phenomenon we just live with.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 12, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler

Grow up - he wasn't saying that.

Your problem is you hate America

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

As if we needed any more evidence of the immoral depravity if modern conservatives, here we have Brigade defending the denial of medical care to children with cancer so some suit can make a year's income in an hour.

Simply loathsome.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 12, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

There's no need for public service to be a life long guaranteed job. Thank you Utah. Thank you WV. Thank you soon Pennsylvania. We need to clean house -- and the senate -- this November.

Posted by: kenpasadena | May 12, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Is there anyone here who thinks that ALL the federal, state and local taxes they pay ADD UP to 9.2% of all personal income in 2009


9.2% - there is NO WAY.

Payroll taxes take out more than that - then sales taxes, and property taxes.


Who wrote this article ???

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Brigade and Wilder


Did that USATODAY article include state and local taxes - property taxes ????

If not, the article did NOT take into account the UNFUNDED MANDATES WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IMPOSES ON THE STATES.

So the Federal Govt creates the expense, but the States have to tax.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

But I'm not making $70,000 an hour by killing honest people and their kids...I'm just a hard-working American...so I LIKE OBAMA'S REFORM OF THIS CORRUPT INDUSTRY.

It was about friggin' time.

Posted by: wilder5121 | May 11, 2010 11:51 PM

-------

Which means of course you expect Santa Claus to pay for your health care.

Posted by: Brigade | May 12, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Wilder5121 wrote,
"According to USAToday...taxes are the lowest they've been in sixty years under Obama and the Democrats."

What about the deficit nitwit? It's gone up. Do you have some plan other than taxation to bring it down?

Posted by: Brigade | May 12, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

James10 wrote,
"I have no doubt you'll be keeping an eye out for ACORN.
I'm been rather amazed how idiots like yourself can buy into the incompetent Democrats pulling off a conspiracy of Biblical proportions."

The Democrats may be incompetent at governing, but they're more than competent at corruption.

Posted by: Brigade | May 12, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

armpeglike all Teabag Republicans you sure know how to validate your Racism..

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | May 11, 2010 11:14 PM

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And lowbrained ninnies like you sure know how to vindicate it.

Posted by: Brigade | May 12, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

wilder5121

Your man Mollohan lost his job tonight BECAUSE HE WENT WITH OBAMA.


And the health care reform is still a DOG.

The American People KNOW WHO VOTED WITH OBAMA - AND ONE-BY-ONE THEY WILL FACE THE VOTERS.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

"3/4th of this county are on some sort of aid and they're STILL ignorant enough to THINK(?) they're Republican and bite the hand that feeds them. No doubt, FAUX viewers who don't know any better!"

Posted by: Maerzie | May 11, 2010 11:05 PM

---------

Hardly 3/4 of the country. It only seems that way to deadbeats because they don't know anyone else. The Republicans and the Independents are the ones providing the resources to feed people like you.

Posted by: Brigade | May 12, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

wilder5121


OK now everyone KNOWS you have no idea what you are talking about - since that is the easiest point.

Obama cut $500 Billion from Medicare - which is going to have to be TAXED somewhere - or benefits are going to have to be cut .. by Obama.

Obama has so many ACCOUNTING TRICKS in the health care bill, he makes Enron seen like a sandbox.

Tonight was the first democrat to get hurt from OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN - AND this story is going to go on and on for years.

And the Republicans are going to point out the impact on the FEDERAL BUDGET the whole way through.


The AMERICAN PEOPLE are listening -

apparently you are not, and you haven't been listening all along.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

$500 billion cut from Medicare?

Do you have ANY idea what you're tslkiing about?

That $500 billion was a GIVEAWAY to the insurance companies...paid by the AMERICAN TAXPAYER...to subsidize them providing plain old Medicare...dressed up as "Medicare Plus" and all that other marketing garbage.

Why should the AMERICAN TAXPAYER be giving these corrupt industries all that free money...when it can be used to provide actual HEALTH CARE to...you got it...American TAXPAYERS.

Or maybe you prefer all those socialist TAXAPYER-funded giveaways to insurance bureacracies and fat CEO's who need more yachts and $10,000 bottles of champagne?

Posted by: wilder5121 | May 12, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

shrink2


That is a good one


Just be sure to be honest, and stick in Obama's support for expanded offshore drilling.

And Obama taking all the campaign cash from BP


And Cheney swearing in Obama to the Senate.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

wilder5121


Instead of discussing the FACTS, you start throwing the insults around - quite a favorable personality trait.

No, you are wrong, I never voted for GW Bush.


However, I do prefer to defend him against hypocrisy and lies.

I would venture to guess that you REALLY don't understand the details of the health care plan - and you will be amazed at how bad it is - and that is just based on what the democrats admit is in the health care reform.


$500 Billion cut from Medicare ?? How in the world can you justify that ???

The health care bill is NOT paid for - there is a massive health care deficit coming - if the bill is not repealed first.

Mollohan is the first casuality of OBAMA'S ARROGANCE.

If Obama had allowed the health care bill to die when the People of Massachusetts voted for Scott Brown, Mollohan would be headed for re-election tonight.

Kiss that one good-bye.


.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I am working on a The Gulf Hydrocarbon* Disaster

liability flow chart/circular blame map.

I'll bet someone smarter than me already has this.


*the industry insists, this is not an Oil problem it is a mixed hydrocarbon problem.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 12, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

37thand0street...shouldn't you be doing something more useful than displaying how incredibly uninformed you are in public...like getting your nightly brainwashing by the American Al Jazeera (aka Fox "News")?

OMG...learn some facts next time...then come back.

I'd wager anything you voted for George W Bush. That makes your opinion about as reliable as getting marriage advice from OJ Simpson.

Posted by: wilder5121 | May 12, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

wilder5121


I can see you are trying to demonize someone - and that somehow that justifies a massive government program, and the largest tax increase in American history.


But it doesn't.

Obama's health care plan is going to do little to reduce premiums - no matter what you have been told.

You have been sold a lemon - a horrible health care plan LOADED with benefits for the pharmaceutical companies, doctors, medical equipment makers and hospitals in Chris Dodd's state.

The American People were left off that list of special interest.


AND the democrats CUT $500 BILLION FROM MEDICARE.

OUch.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 12, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

14 term congressman defeated in Democratic primary because he supported health care.

Proof that teabaggers are Democrats too!

It's going to be interesting the next couple of years.

Posted by: wonderingstevie | May 11, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if I were making $70,000 an hour...as the CEO of HealthSouth does...by denying treatment to kids that get cancer (and whose parents have paid all the premiums)...I'd be mad at Obama's health insurance reform, too.

But I'm not making $70,000 an hour by killing honest people and their kids...I'm just a hard-working American...so I LIKE OBAMA'S REFORM OF THIS CORRUPT INDUSTRY.

It was about friggin' time.

Posted by: wilder5121 | May 11, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

It's OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE BILL

THIS CHARACTER MOLLOHAN THOUGHT HE COULD VOTE WITH OBAMA AND THEN JUST PRANCE THROUGH THE WOODS.


Well - He should have LISTENED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO SAID THEY DID NOT WANT ANOTHER MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM - AND THEY DID NOT WANT OBAMA'S MASSIVE TAXES.


Get it?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 11, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

This is first casuality who voted for OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE BILL.


For weeks, we were talking about this, and yet tonight no mention of the health care vote.

Oh well, maybe with a different candidate the democrats have a better chance to hold onto the seat.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 11, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

According to USAToday...taxes are the lowest they've been in sixty years under Obama and the Democrats.

259,000 jobs are being added each month under Obama and the Democrats, as opposed to losing over 700,000 jobs each month under the Republicans. That's an over 1 million jobs a month swing.

The Dow and Nasdaq have gone up 50% under Obama and the Democrats...the US still has an auto industry, and insurance company bureaucrats can't drop you when your kid gets cancer.

Thanks to Obama and the Democrats...the worst economy since the Great Depression (also caused by Republicans) is almost over, more top terrorists than ever are being killed, and 70% of the world's people now respect and admire America again...instead of hating our guts.

In short, the Republican Disaster is being fixed...years ahead of schedule...and things are looking great.

No wonder Fox "News" and Rush Limbaugh are so angry. They've said they want America to fail.

Maybe they should be working for Al Qaeda.

Posted by: wilder5121 | May 11, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Just how bad it has gotten for incumbents? It's gotten bad in the same proportion that they voted for Obama's obscene ballooning our federal deficit. Goodbye liberals.

Posted by: hill_marty

=================

Remember that great small gummit conservative Dick Cheney that said ... "Reagan proved deficits don't matter." --- Ah, the good old days when deficits don't matter. Back when the people got the triple tax cuts from Bush and welcomed the increasing deficits that came with it.

You remember we didn't have to pay for any wars; we didn't have to pay for Medicare Part D.. Bush got the $700B TARP funds and had half of it given away by Dec 2008.

What do you expect this new government of your liking will do? Start taxing the 47% of households that don't pay taxes? That will hit the Red States more than the Blue states.

You think that they'll cut out pork. Got news for you, on a per capita basis the Red States get more than the Blue States.

I suppose you'll focus on tax cuts for Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh so they'll be free to create more jobs?

Posted by: James10 | May 11, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

This is not an anti incumbent mood, any senator, congressman, democratic or rino who supported b.hussein obama in the last two years and not in a big city.. will go. So I am seeing November from my house, and the nightmare is partially going to be over. For total daylight we have to wait for an other two years.

Posted by: rebel5 | May 11, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

In my part of the nation there is an anger towards the incumbents. I just hope it lasts until election time. We desperately need a change and to send the old guard home. The elitist Congress badly needs to see a bunch of new faces.

Posted by: npsilver | May 11, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

It is not anti-incumbent mood, this is conservative mood and anybody democratics or rinos who voted or even slightly supported b. hussein obama in the last two years will go. Unless they are in the big cities. I see November from my house.

Posted by: rebel5 | May 11, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

ACORN and SEIU are under the watchful eyes of all Americans this next election and up to the election. Their illegal acts are what pushed the Democrats over last election; God help them if they try it again in November, America won't be ambushed again.

Posted by: prossers7

================

I have no doubt you'll be keeping an eye out for ACORN.

I'm been rather amazed how idiots like yourself can buy into the incompetent Democrats pulling off a conspiracy of Biblical proportions.

They can't even schedule a vote on immigration reform.

Posted by: James10 | May 11, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

NoVA voters.....beware of Connolly.

Rep Gerry Connolly...are you listening?

Incumbency this year has a price to pay.

And you must go.

Save the defeat and resign....stating the normal family issues.

Posted by: JustSomeThoughts | May 11, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

NoVA voters.....beware of Connolly.

Rep Gerry Connolly...are you listening?

Incumbency this year has a price to pay.

And you must go.

Save the defeat and resign....stating the normal family issues.

Posted by: JustSomeThoughts | May 11, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

NoVA voters.....beware of Connolly.

Rep Gerry Connolly...are you listening?

Incumbency this year has a price to pay.

And you must go.

Save the defeat and resign....stating the normal family issues.

Posted by: JustSomeThoughts | May 11, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

armpeglike all Teabag Republicans you sure know how to validate your Racism..

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | May 11, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Mollohan should have been voted out years ago. He's a corrupt conservadem jerk. So now he's replaced by a different conservadem jerk, who will probably prove to be just as corrupt as Mollohan.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | May 11, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I say good riddance to Democrat parasite Alan Mollohan. I also note in the 6th paragraph:

"Republicans, however, had made clear they preferred to run against Mollohan and must now re-orient their strategy."

If REPUBLICANS think they are going to play voters for fools and give them a lot of the same old B.S with no real action ... then I suggest you consider the case of Senator Bob Bennett in Utah. The Tea Party will kick Republican b*tt just as readily as Democrat b*tt.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | May 11, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Of course, if he were a Republican, It would be written that West Virginia congressman Alan Mollohan was "purged" instead of "defeated."

Posted by: kohnfjerry | May 11, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I will definitely vote against ANY Republican, even the locals, who are actually Democrats in Republican clothing! 3/4th of this county are on some sort of aid and they're STILL ignorant enough to THINK(?) they're Republican and bite the hand that feeds them. No doubt, FAUX viewers who don't know any better!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 11, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Alan Mollohan's a Democrat Socialist who voted for Obama's Communist takeover of our Health Care system, so it's no surprise that Americans in WV who still believe in freedom and our Capitalist system of governing, threw this Communist bum out. It's only the beginning folks. There'll be a lot of Democrat Socialist Obama supporters who voted for this-- against the will of the vast majority of the American people--who'll be hitting the bricks come Novembers midterms, or sooner

Posted by: armpeg | May 11, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

What's happening now should have occurred in 2008.

A lot of morons channeled their anti-incumbent anger into a paper-weight smooth talker, who ended up continuing the Bush policies.

People are finally waking up and seeing the extensiveness of the rot.


Posted by: elh74 | May 11, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

the whole state is full of over weight, welfare recipients......dumber than dirt...jesus christ, turn out of office a major committee chair....hillbillies, say no more.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | May 11, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Problem was, and is, that Obama and democrats campaigned on change. And sounded very conservative doing it. They did the exact opposite, and even more so corrupt.

Posted by: isaac19delta | May 11, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Progressives are still foolish enough to spit in the face of the American voters, to their peril.

ACORN and SEIU are under the watchful eyes of all Americans this next election and up to the election. Their illegal acts are what pushed the Democrats over last election; God help them if they try it again in November, America won't be ambushed again.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 11, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse


The American people didn't want Congress to mess with their Health Care.

The Democrat voices fell on deaf ears from most of the Democrats in Congress.

So those incumbent Democrats will have to pay the consequences of voting for that horrendous bill against the emphatic wishes of their constituents.

Posted by: janet8 | May 11, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

15 years is well overdue. One of the problems with politics is becoming a career politician, regardless of political affiliation, term limits are necessary. If you stay in too long, you get too comfortable and real change can't occur. That being said, I'll still vote against Republicans this fall.

Posted by: hyphen_va | May 11, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

15 years is well overdue. One of the problems with politics is becoming a career politician, regardless of political affiliation, term limits are necessary. If you stay in too long, you get too comfortable and real change can't occur. That being said, I'll still vote against Republicans this fall.

Posted by: hyphen_va | May 11, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

To answer the poster above. Yes, Mollahan voted for the healthscam. One of the big things against him.

Posted by: annnort | May 11, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The fringe element on both sides is taking over the primaries and leaving the rest of us with terrible, partisan candidates and eventually representatives.

What happened to the moderates?

Posted by: dbeins | May 11, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Did Mollohan vote for health care?

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 11, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Just how bad it has gotten for incumbents? It's gotten bad in the same proportion that they voted for Obama's obscene ballooning our federal deficit. Goodbye liberals.

Posted by: hill_marty | May 11, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Just how bad it has gotten for incumbents? It's gotten bad in the same proportion that they voted for Obama's obscene ballooning our federal deficit. Goodbye liberals.

Posted by: hill_marty | May 11, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Just how bad it has gotten for incumbents? It's gotten bad in the same proportion that they voted for Obama's obscene ballooning our federal deficit. Goodbye liberals.

Posted by: hill_marty | May 11, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Chris, we all despise the crony capitalism.
How about you do a piece on clean incumbents?
Ok, perceived clean incumbents. Incumbents who may be perceived as clean? Clean potential? Wished to be...

oh forget it, bad idea

Posted by: shrink2 | May 11, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

¡Muy interesante!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 11, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

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