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Incumbents Beware! (Or Not)

Conventional wisdom has cemented that 2010 will be an anti-incumbent year.

Apparently no one told Jon Stewart. The "Comedy Central" host and -- don't fool yourself -- widely influential commentator about all things political took on that CW on his show last week.

Stewart noted that of the 84 incumbents running on Super Duper Tuesday, all but two were re-nominated. One lost -- scandal-tarred Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons -- while a second, Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), was forced into a June 22 runoff.

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So, is Stewart right? Do the facts bear out that 2010 is indeed an anti-incumbent year? Or is this storyline much ado about nothing?

Let's look at the facts.

So far in 2010, four Senate and House incumbents -- Utah Sen. Bob Bennett (R), Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (D), Reps. Alan Mollohan (W. Va.) and Parker Griffith (Ala.) -- have lost their bids for re-nomination. Inglis looks to be in serious trouble heading into next week's runoff, and both Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) have real primaries in August.

How do those losses by incumbent compare with historic norms?

On the Senate side, no more than one incumbent has lost a renomination bid since 1980, when four senators lost primaries. That said, it's hard to quantify how much bigger a deal it is for two incumbents to lose rather than one -- assuming both McCain and Bennet pull it out later this year.

In House terms, the defeats of two -- or even three -- incumbents are not historically anomalous. In 2008, four House Members (three Republicans, one Democrat) fell in their fights for renomination. Two incumbents each lost in the 2006 and 2004 elections; in 2002 election eight House Members lost in primaries, but five of those defeats came in redistricting races in which two incumbents were forced to face off against one another.

And, looked at individually, the four incumbent losses so far this cycle could easily be explained as exceptions, not rules. Both Specter and Griffith had switched parties -- a political no-no in almost any election cycle -- and were facing voters for the first time. Bennett was victimized by the unique Utah nominating process in which roughly 3,500 of the most conservative of the most conservative voters decide the nominee. Mollohan had been beset by ethical problems (or the rumor of them) for years and didn't help himself by running a 1980s-style campaign 30 years too late.

Given all of that, is the reasonable conclusion that the anti-incumbent narrative is simply wrong or, at best, exaggerated?

Before you nod your head "yes," it's important to look at national polling for context. And, national polling suggests that voters are in a genuine "throw the bums out" sort of mood.

In the June Washington Post/ABC poll, just 29 percent of those tested said they planned to reelect their member of Congress, while 60 percent said they wanted to look around. By comparison, in Post/ABC polling the summer of 1994, nearly four in 10 (38 percent) said they wanted to reelect their own member of Congress.

A May New York Times/CBS News poll paints a similar picture with just nine (NINE!) percent saying members of Congress deserve reelection and 82 percent saying they don't.

Those numbers are startling and, from a political reporter's perspective, hard to ignore. They represent historic -- or near-historic -- levels of voter dissatisfaction. And, they are far from the only data points in surveys that suggest deep distrust with Washington; just 15 percent approved of the job Congress was doing in the Post/ABC survey, while seven in 10 said they were either "dissatisfied" or "angry" at Washington in the CBS/New York Times poll.

So, while the anti-incumbent storyline looks to be overblown (at least slightly) in terms of the actual number of incumbents who have been defeated to date, the national atmospherics suggest real unrest directed at Washington.

The best way to view the 2010 election may then be as anti-Washington rather than anti-incumbent. Candidates with the perceived support of the party in the nation's capital have fallen in considerable numbers -- Trey Grayson in Kentucky, Sue Lowden in Nevada, Artur Davis in Alabama, to name a few -- as they, wrongly, assumed the establishment could save them.

It can't. And that is the lesson of the primary season so far.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 14, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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The reason the imcumbents may have nothing to fear is that there is no real Republican opposition.
The Tea Party Folks have mad a lot of noise but they have not really put forward much of an alternative.
The Republicans have stepped aside and left it up to the Tea Party folks to do the Heavy lifting. But in my view they sdont seem to be up to the task.
Rand Paul's victory nad his cookey remarks afterward about the Voting Rights Avt and The Disabilities Act hvave not fone the Republicans any favors. We have not heard from Runio in months and in PA Toomey has been silent while they try to capitalize on Sistek issue rather than run his campaign.

Posted by: Carprin | June 15, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

It is simple. If you want this nation to improve then don't vote for anyone with a (R) or a (D) after their name.
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LOL. Its that simple, huh? You personally guarantee that the non-party politician we vote for will improve things?
How about we just make an effort to understand our candidates' posititions on the issues and vote accordingly?
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You left out the part wherein I said that being a Democrat or a Republican makes them guilty of associating with a criminal organization, which is the entire reason I am admonishing people NOT to vote for them.

Of course, I didn't mean people should vote solely based on that. If people stop voting the party line, however, they must perforce begin to examine the issues.

Taking everything completely literally in a four line post is a sign of intelligence.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | June 15, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse


We are talking about whether someone was RESPONSIBLE with their vote or not.

That is the question.


And - when half the country is saying "EXPERIENCE MATTERS"


AND "QUALIFICATIONS ARE IMPORTANT"


And you have millions of people IGNORING THAT SIMPLE LOGIC.


and millions of people PURPOSING IGNORING EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS -


An instead voting for someone WHO WAS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED - AND UNQUALIFIED


BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK -


AND YES - IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT THE DEMOCRATS WERE HONEST THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK.

If a white man had the SAME INEXPERIENCE, THE SAME LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS - HOW far in the Presidential race would he have gone ????

Yet - if people vote for someone WHO IS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED...


AND IF THAT PERSON MESSES UP - SAFETY INSPECTIONS ARE NOT DONE PROPERLY - AND AN OIL RIG BLOWS UP.


THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IN THE JOB ARE JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BAD JOB AS THE INCOMPETENT PERSON.


Is it asking too much that you take personal responsibility for giving someone a job - a job that they clearly can not handle.


11 People are dead, hundreds of birds are dying - thousands of fishermen are out of work.


An entire ecosytem could be destroyed.


Is it too much to ask THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IN OFFICE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BAD JOB PERFORMANCE ???


MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP.


OBAMA SAID HE WOULD DO IT LAST YEAR - 2009


THIS YEAR OBAMA SAID THERE WAS A YEAR-LONG REVIEW - EVERYTHING IS OK - LET'S EXPAND OFFSHORE DRILLING


BUT THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS STILL WERE NOT BEING DONE PROPERLY


THE OIL RIG BLEW UP - 11 PEOPLE DIED.

IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THIS GUY THE JOB TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE JOB HE HAS DONE ?????

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


Is it asking too much to ask for a higher standard from our elected officials???


That when the elected officials are caught, that they resign ???


And we bring in someone new - someone who KNOWS THEY HAVE TO ADHERE TO HIGHER STANDARDS.


If we did that all the time - then ALL THE NEW PEOPLE WOULD BE STRIVING TO HOLD TO THE HIGHER STANDARDS.


Don't you think this country deserves better ?


We have Congressman hitting people on the street.


We have Congressman who write tax polices - not paying all their taxes - like Rangel.


We have Congressmen with cash in their freezer.


The country deserves much better than this.

The country deserves a process in which we clear out the bad guys - and get good ones in.


Too many bad guys are staying in.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Look at Rasmussen's last poll between Obama and Ron Paul and look at PPP Polling's last poll between Obama and Ron Paul. WHO gets the independents, HMMMM????
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Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. The poll shows Obama ten points ahead of Ron Paul.

In fact, Obama is ahead of all five Republican would-be challengers.

http://www.pollster.com/blogs/us_2012_pres_ppp_647.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Plaquemines parish president Billy Nungesser told Anderson Cooper tonight that his volunteers are buying WET VACS to try and save the marshes - "If you leave the oil in the marshes everything dies."

Posted by: thecannula | June 14, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Look at Rasmussen's last poll between Obama and Ron Paul and look at PPP Polling's last poll between Obama and Ron Paul. WHO gets the independents, HMMMM????

It ain't Obama.

Independent does not mean moderate, nor stupid.

Rand Paul will have their vote.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | June 14, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

JRM2


See - you should be really disturbed byt the Fraud of Obama.


Instead, you don't care -

This proves the democrats are unfit to govern.


It also proves that the election of 2000 and the Iraqi War has gone to the democrats' heads -


Nothing justifies bad behavior - even if you think someone else did something wrong - that does not JUSTIFY YOU OR YOUR PARTY DOING SOMETHING WRONG.

Pretty simple.

This is a CHARACTER FLAW OF THE DEMOCRATS.


One of many.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Violence Total


Tea Party 0


Democratic Congressman 1


Bob Etheridge should be forced to resign immediately.


Where is Nancy's promise to clean up the House ?

ALL THE DEMOCRATIC PROMISES OF 2006 AND 2008 HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE LIES.

The democratic party is a real joke.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Has there EVER been a year in which much of the country believes that the previous Presidential election WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A FRAUD???
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Yes, 2000 through 2008

Posted by: JRM2 | June 14, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Leave foreign languages to those with the brains to actually learn them.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ped: apes don't read Nietzche.

Zouk: Yes they do Otto, they just don't understand it.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

2010Rout: Your response is exactly the problem I was trying to explain. It's a gross overstatement to say that President Obama has nationalized industry in America. Yes, he took steps to stop a pending Great Depression II that every economist in the country was warning him, and Pres. Bush about. As a matter of fact, the Wall Street bailouts occurred under the previous administration, something conservatives conveniently forget. Pres. Bush was quoted as saying that he wouldn't go down as another Herbert Hoover, so he took the necessary steps to avert disaster. I give him credit for having the political courage to stand up for what the country needed at the time. By the way, most Repubs in Congress voted with him on this.

Name calling and rewriting history makes for entertainment in the right wing radio talk show world, but it doesn't solve problems or elevate our national discourse. And please read some of the thoughtful posts in this forum that correctly point out that the only poll that counts is an election. The last presidential election was won, with a solid majority of both popular and electoral votes, by Barack Obama. You will have your chance this November to to change Congress and another shot at the presidency in 2012. That's the way our system works.

As for my education, what a silly, shallow argument! If you must know, I hold bachelor's and master's degree's from two well known and respected universities. But that's less important than the lessons in good manners taught to me by my parents.

Posted by: aodom1 | June 14, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Chris: If incumbents grab on to the anti-Wall Street, anti-BP tidal wave of legitimate concerns for how the Middle Class has been raped repeatedly since 2000, they have a chance of staying on the job.
And, the Media's coverage of the Tea Party phenomenon has been very favorable in laying out wet dreams of the Right Wing stomping the living beejeesus out of the Democrats, anywhere they run.
That's not taking into account that many normal Republican leaning Independents may not be so sanguine about turning the reins over to Rand Paul, or the lady in Nevada who recommends taking a chicken with you to the Doctor. And, the ones who want to disembowel Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, certain agencies of the government which need (in their minds) to be dismembered.
What exactly WILL you do, Mr. Paul, to ensure that large corporations that have disastrous spills, of oil, pay for every shred of damage they cause?
Just say, "they had a bad day?"
The Horror Show in the Gulf may not be even close to it's worst case scenario yet: Imagine if 2005 type powerful hurricanes drive inland, by a few miles, oil contaminated waters.
Think about entire communities needing to be burned to the ground, in controlled burns, as the ONLY way to decontaminate thousands of homes & businesses. Imagine several MILLION Americans driven from coastal homes & businesses, for decades, if the earth itself is contaminated with oil?
Just another bad day, Mr. Rand?
And what about the doctors offices who refuse to allow anyone to enter who has a chicken cage & bird with them! These Tea Baggers may force Republican candidates farther to the
Right than the care to go.
Once in that box, they're doomed to that position. Take Tea Bag votes and Republican votes, and fragment them, & you have some real trouble for the GOP in the fall.

Posted by: zennheadd | June 14, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

@12: yeah and while he's trying to make a sordid reference to bathrooms he uses the most polite term there is for it, akin to "hygiene house."

stick to what you know zouk, teleprompter and golf screeching. Leave foreign languages to those with the brains to actually learn them.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 14, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

We've run out of current events to discuss when someone starts insulting someone else in Vietnamese.

Out for now.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Not to mentioning addressing someone you hate, or whom you're trying to insult, as bạn (friend) is particularly clueless.

You're an idiot no matter what moniker or what language you use.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 14, 2010 5:31 PM
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You're kidding! Zouk was insulting you? Pardon me, I couldn't tell.

Bwahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary gibberish, I love everyone and only want the best for you. I understand you need help and suffer from some sort of truama in your life, likely in the shower. If you will turn your life over to Obama, I mean god, we have a 12 step program designed for people like you. the first step is to come to the realization that indeed, you have a severe issue. then you give up all your wordly goods to the collective (in this country only right now). then you promise to circuit the country bringing other converts into the party. We provide all food and housing and clothing. We are ACORN.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Two days later, the Omaha World-Herald reported that Rove had asked whether Nelson would accept the position if President Bush offered it to him, but that Nelson had "said no":

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson has told the White House he is not interested in becoming President Bush's agriculture secretary, a congressional source told The World-Herald on Thursday.

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said White House political adviser Karl Rove called Nelson last Friday and asked whether he would take the job if President Bush offered it. After consideration over the weekend, Nelson said no Wednesday evening, the source said.

On November 22, 2004, Nelson publically stated that he would not seek the cabinet post. On December 3, 2004, the World-Herald cited a "congressional source" who detailed three phone calls between Rove and Nelson. In an April 14, 2005 report, the World-Herald reported that Rove had "called Nelson four times -- if not outright offering him the job of secretary of agriculture, apparently at least implying that the job was his if he wanted it," and detailed the explicitly political nature of the offer:

Had Nelson become ag secretary, the thinking went, then Gov. Mike Johanns would take Nelson's seat in the U.S. Senate for the GOP, then run in 2006.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Not to mentioning addressing someone you hate, or whom you're trying to insult, as bạn (friend) is particularly clueless.

You're an idiot no matter what moniker or what language you use.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 14, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Violence Total

Tea Party 0 Democratic Congressman 1

Bob Etheridge should be forced to resign immediately.

Where is Nancy's promise to clean up the House ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

adreed


"Everyone else does it" is not a valid defense.

You are basically saying that you condon criminal activity.

Maybe you are a criminal yourself.

OK would you please name a job that Bush gave out to clear a field?


Please back up your statement with a fact - otherwise it is slander.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Perfect for you.

the twin loons of the Fix - drivl and gibberish.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Online translators produce gibberish, zouk, that's gibberish.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 14, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street that bumbLeRRY IS GEtting fRiskY rico WITH YOU!!!!!

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry FOR YOU ANY COLOR IS great!!!!!no?

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Là bên ngoài của bạn như là xấu xí như bên trong của bạn? Đó có phải là bệnh tật ăn đi chơi ở bạn?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Không làm tổn thương phía sau của bạn hoặc không hương vị miệng của bạn như nhà vệ sinh sau mỗi ngày hoặc cả hai?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Màu gì tinh ranh là yêu thích của bạn?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

dre7861


It is RICO - sorry


And your pal Bob Etheridge should be thrown in jail for assault.

The democratic party is like a criminal organization - they never ever want to prosecute there own people.

A crime is a crime.


You fool - you are being irresponsible with this country.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

If there was a strong anti-incumbent, anti-Washington, pro-Tea Party movement, wouldn't you see it in Arizona?

Yet, John McCain leads JD Hayworth by about 13 points, with only 6% undecided. In fact McCain's numbers have been steady to slightly improving.


http://www.pollster.com/polls/az/10-az-sen-reppr.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to read 2010Rout's post on Nov. 3, after the midterms. The Democrats will lose the same number of seats as in any average year--my prediction is 27 House seats, 3 to 6 Senate seats--and the tea party will be seen for what it is: gatherings of angry, frustrated individuals who feel they've ben left out of the decision-making for too many years (the entire Bush presidency, in fact), and others who simply can't tolerate having Democrats in the majority and a black man in the White House.

As for 37thand0street's preposterous suggestion that "Obama offering several people positions in the government in exchange for dropping out of the federal races - THAT IS RICO," I guess 37&0 hasn't lived in Washington long enough to remember when Rove and Atwater, Bush, Cheney, and Reagan, and every other politician in history has tried to clear the road for their favorite candidates. RICO indeed -- more like another blast of hot air from the Republican talking-points machine.

Posted by: adreed | June 14, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Go beg models for attention and play with your imaginary boat, loser. You're a freak.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 14, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, drivl has morphed into some sort of unhinged attack dog 24/7.

Must be even the loony leftist blogs Huff and Kos have given up defending Obama if drivl can't paste it here.

""User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. "

Please do remove drivl, she is simply pasting all personal attacks and nothing else.

latest example:
37, the poster you were referring to is a methhead who posts the same braindead drivel hours and hours at a time. And what do you expect from rightwing dirtbags -- courtesy?

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 4:40 PM

If there were any redeeming content to this moron it would be that of all the posters on this site, there is one in particular that "posts the same braindead drivel hours and hours at a time". Hint, the word drivel will lead you directly to the Long and short of it.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

For those who want to look for themselves, here is the link to California approval/disapproval for Obama.

Mouse over the data points on the chart and the individual polls are shown.

A chart is worth a thousand words.

http://www.pollster.com/polls/ca/jobapproval-presobama.php
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Somehow, it doesn't seem very logical to me that Californians are ready to throw out the Democrats.

Where's the Republican insurgence?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Despite what the lamestream media tells you and despite your DNC talking points, Americans do not like what you left wing crazies are doing and we will see you in November!

IF you went to college, ask for a refund...

Posted by: 2010Rout | June 14, 2010 4:39 PM
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Not in California. According to Rasmussen' latest poll 59% of Californians approve of President Obama's job performance, and 39% disapprove.

And we all know Rasmussen leans [!] right.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has nationalized the auto industry, the banking industry, the healthcare industry, he is in the process of nationalizing the insurance industry... Hugo Chavez is saying that Obama is a better socialist than him!"


That 2010Rout has SMARTS! Maybe I need new prophet!!!!! IF OBAMA can NATIOANLIZe so much and he is KENyan we need to make sure that ILLEGAL doesn't become US citizen!!! HE smell a little Breitbart too....in a good way,,,,

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This is from the latest Fox News poll, released last Friday:

"Which one of the following groups do you think is most responsible for the oil spill?"

58% "The oil company British Petroleum for not being prepared for a leak"

7% "The federal government for allowing offshore drilling in deep coastal waters"

10% "Environmental groups for opposing drilling on land and in shallow waters closer to the shoreline"

8% "American consumers for relying on such large quantities of oil and gas"

10% All

http://www.pollster.com/blogs/
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So, not EVERYONE blames Obama--but 7% do.

I guess everyone hasn't gotten 37th memo.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Linda,

'I totally agree JRM2.... it amazes me how many different issues Obama is facing & juggling...I do not understand the all-out criticism all the time..'

37, the poster you were referring to is a methhead who posts the same braindead drivel hours and hours at a time. And what do you expect from rightwing dirtbags -- courtesy?

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

To aodom1

Your response amazes me..

Obama has nationalized the auto industry, the banking industry, the healthcare industry, he is in the process of nationalizing the insurance industry... Hugo Chavez is saying that Obama is a better socialist than him!

I wish you would take your head out of the sand and look at the national polls.... Despite what the lamestream media tells you and despite your DNC talking points, Americans do not like what you left wing crazies are doing and we will see you in November!

IF you went to college, ask for a refund...

Posted by: 2010Rout | June 14, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street is my blog prophet and I don't know why he isn't everyone's BUT I WILL STRESS SOME OF HIS POINTS AND LOGYCS NOW.

His description of Obama is so true and why does Obama make up so many LIES about the situation he found. 37thand0street has stressed that once George Bush left a nice oval office to him he was not responsible for anything he did in office - he was only ONE PERSON AND U KNOW HOW WAshington is!!!!!! Who can differ with that. THE WHITE HOUSE IS REALLY NICE ANYWAY!!!!!wISH i COULD LIVE THERE INSTEAD OF THE KENYAN OBAMA!

1)Bush was finished and turned the country over to Obama in great shape and GAVE the KEYS TO THE GREAT OVAL OFFICE AND AIR FORCE ONE to the KENYAN LIER. Obama was President OK THE KEYS PROVE IT! WOOOHH is US!

2) We had won ALL the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan GO SURGES! - the economy was doing great and the Wall Street was doing great again (close call no?) Obama lies about this everyday to Michele and his girls and the country. WHO CAN BELIEVE HIM? NOT 37thand0street!!!!!!!!!

3)There was no budget deficit, EVERYONE ( EXCEPT 37thand0street )WAS WORKING and government spending was way down and taxes were so low the rich were getting richer and richer and richer. That is America at its capitalist best not socialist commie NAZI like Obama. hE GOT HIMSELF A GOOD JOB AND NO ONE ELSE GOT ONE. iS THAT FAIR? NOT!

HONOR OUR PROPHET 37thand0street for he is WISE BEYOND his 37 years!

MAYBE I'LL ADD A FEW

SPACES FOR EMPHASIS...


oBAAAAAAAAAAMA HAS BANKRUPTED THE country already WITH OBAMACARE FOR the poor. YOUC CAN FEEL IT! Who was complaining the poor had no healthcare??????????????????????


DO I HEAR THE COMMUNIST AND SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT COMMIES saying THE KIDS SHOULD HAVE A DOC?

Why do insurance companies need help deciding who shouldn't be COVERED ---- DON'T THEY DO A GREAT JOB of dumping those that get sick or might get sick. THAT IS THE JOB of the insurance company not the socialist mommie state to say who is NOT good enough to be covered.

I am insured and I know 37thand0street must be because some days he must be on his meds CAUSE HE LAYS OFF THE CAPS AND JUST DOESN'T BLOG


...GOD BLESS HIM AND PALIN. OK? DOESN't 37thand0street smell alot like bumblingberry and Breitbart ??????????????? I THINK SO!

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

THE DEMOCRATS - HOW ARE THEY DOING ?


They put in an INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED PERSON WHO IS NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR DESTROYING THE ECOSYSTEM OF THE GULF OF MEXICO.


And they somehow convinced themselves that experience does not matter.


They convinced themselves that qualifications do not matter.


IF THESE PEOPLE WERE RESPONSIBLE HUMAN BEINGS, OBAMA WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ELECTED.


The judgement of the democrats HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE FLAWED.


THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT FIT TO GOVERN.


THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DAMAGED THE COUNTRY - AND WE HAVE TO GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE - FOREVER.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

This anti-incumbent mood is also reflected in many that have retired rather than spend their stash and run. Also the real test of the incumbents is how they do in Nov against new blood. There are alays safe seats for both parties but to say this is much ado about nothing does not make it so. If we had a 20% incumbent defeat in Nov it would change leadership and the agenda. I don't see the politicians acting like they are safe. I hope for a 30% defeat for both parties in the house. More would be better!

Posted by: Lloyd6 | June 14, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Beware, Ped nonsense ahead:
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Yes please do read the weekend posts on the Alvin Greene thread, for once there's discussion about something other than baseball. Might even learn something."" - the Ped
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Here is a glance and the life and times of the Ped and his Wiccan conjurer drivl

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How would you know, 37th? Your brain is ash.
Posted by: Noacoler | June 13, 2010 9:47 PM

More endless hours of posts from 37, 'Brigade" and 'cannula"

Seriously, do these people have any other life? It's really pathetic.
Posted by: drindl | June 13, 2010 9:29 PM

Just one correction for brigade the magic moron before I go hit the weights.
you have your head so far up your as s that it didn't register.
And the reason you don't get responses has nothing to do with your vast command of sophistry, rather it's because you have been accurately identified as a cretinous loudmouth and we are ignoring you.
Now beat your chest and claim victory again, or switch back to moonbat and brag about your "boat."
Posted by: Noacoler | June 13, 2010 7:05 PM

Which makes it all the more puzzling why 36th us still here, doi g the same post a dozen times in an hour.
For letting this junk go on, damn you, Chris, damn you.
Posted by: Noacoler | June 13, 2010 5:52 PM

"you go home, ma?"
Vietnamese doesn't have that, it has a grammar implementation.
"You go home, right not?"
Posted by: Noacoler | June 13, 2010 5:41 PM

They're terminally angry, frothing at the mouth with mockery, oblivious to the irony of calling others racists and liars, and so far below the intellectual salt that I would never waste a moment of my life trying to correct them. Why bother? They're liars.

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that seesm like a lot of ignoring, doesn't it?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse


Has there EVER been a year in which much of the country believes that the previous Presidential election WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A FRAUD???


Obama's promises of bipartisanship - meant his would seek CENTRIST POLICIES.


Obama's promises of post-racial policies - did not mean that the democrats would MAKE FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


Instead, Obama has BEEN ATTEMPTING TO JAM THROUGH A FAR LEFT WING AGENDA AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


OBAMA KNOWS THE PUBLIC DOES NOT SUPPORT HIS POLICIES.


OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN IN 2008 WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A FRAUD.


Obama's job performance HAS BEEN PART OF THAT FRAUD.

That is the problem - and any attempt to recast the situation as anything different is just wrong.


The democrats put Obama in - the voters are going to vote against them in fall.

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The democrats are doing serious damage to this country with Obama.


And they don't seem to care.

They are still hooked on their hatred of Bush.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Well said aodom1!! Hear hear!!

Posted by: linda35 | June 14, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

2010Rout is making the classic error of projecting his own views upon others. Do you really believe that "The democrats only offer socialism and despotism... along with higher taxes and idiotic policies..."?

More Americans self-identify as Dems than Reps or Ind. What are you saying about your own country?

Pres Obama may not be your cup of tea, I get that. But he's not a socialist, and any fair-minded person knows that. He's also not a despot, a Nazi, a Muslim, or a Kenyan citizen. He's just a President you disagree with on key issues.

Why can't you just say that? Why can't the American Right just voice their views and try to convince Americans that they're right, rather than creating scurrilous and false charges against a president elected by a majority of Americans in a freee and fair election?

I'd have much more respect for American conservatives if they just spoke about principles and practical solutions. And if they just accepted the fact that a clear majority of Americans disagree.

Posted by: aodom1 | June 14, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

37thandOstreet said: "Obama offering several people positions in the government in exchange for dropping out of the federal races - THAT IS RICO."
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That's not RICO that's politics. No money exchanged hands. Things like this happen all the time, especially in your much-sainted GOP. You're outrage is feigned and hypocritical.

Posted by: dre7861 | June 14, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I hate to say this but your article is typical of the MSM in that you view polls as having more weight than actual votes. When it comes down to it polls can show people mad at their elected officials and wanting to vote someone else in but if in fact they renominate and/or re-elect those officials those polls and a dollar bill will buy you a lottery ticket. Ultimately it is who gets the most votes that matter. And may I remind you that up until Lincoln won her nomination in Arkansas reporters and the Talking Heads were relying on a poll that said she was going to be defeated. Polls don't count!

Of the 88 races [I'm including the 4 which already lost before last Tuesday] there has 82 incumbent winners then that is not a wave of anti-incumbancy. Unless you're trying to tell us that those races occured in the 29% of the country that wants to re-elect their congressperson - as determined by the ABC/WaPo Poll, which must be right because it has the word 'Poll' in it. I'm sorry, Chris, that goose is cooked. We've also been told by the Media that this is the year of the Tea Party and yet even the Post had to conceed that the Tea Party candidates have preformed rather poorly. Now the MSM wants to fall back onto the old chesnut that this election will be 1984 Redux. The MSM seems to have abandoned their jobs of reporting and decided to don their robes and grab their crystal balls to become seers and fortune-tellers. Even in June it is too far away from November to make any kind of reasonable prediction about what will occur in November. But the MSM will continue to play Sister Cleo nonetheless.

I hate to pick on just you, Chris, but reporters tend to have a bad habit of seeing 2 dogs walk by and declaring that "The Dogs Have Taken Over The World!" in order to sell more newspapers. Chris, sometimes 2 dogs walking by is just that 2 dogs walking by.

Posted by: dre7861 | June 14, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree JRM2.... it amazes me how many different issues Obama is facing & juggling...I do not understand the all-out criticism all the time...this is one man who's knocking down scores of issues - some that were promised changes, others that have happened along the way.... I think he's doing a great job - some things are changing as quickly as he promised, but he's trying to make a difference and I give him credit for the attempts! I just wish that those who didn't vote for him wouldn't be such sore losers...even those of us who wouldn't vote for Bush had we been paid to, respected the office and the man for awhile! And when it got to the point that he'd screwed things up too much, we didn't whine and yell like these guys are... I think there are a lot of people who need to grow up.

Posted by: linda35 | June 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"not changing personnel at MMS is Obama's fault, but that doesn't make him responsible for the entire mess in the Gulf.... get a grip.

Posted by: linda35 "
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Not to mention there were so many other crisis laden issues taking front and center, at that time, the MMS personnel were not a "crisis". The President can multi-task but can only handle so many things at once. Changing the personnel at MMS was in process, but sadly not fast enough.

Posted by: JRM2 | June 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse


The Washington Post citing Jon Stewart as a "widely influential commentator".... is the best joke of the day... aside from Obama.. For who? Morons?

There is a reason the public does not trust the main stream media anymore... It is the bias and desperate attempts to create public opinion with an ignorant "widely influential commentator"

Americans are not socialists and believe in free trade and taking a shot at the American Dream... The democrats only offer socialism and despotism... along with higher taxes and idiotic policies...

I guess everyone in the Post are in a large circle.. a large circle J trying to understand why their childish utopian fantasies are not being believed anymore...

Maybe because it has never worked in human history might be a clue... IF you want Greece.... Move to Greece... Dont bring it here!!!


Posted by: 2010Rout | June 14, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama offering several people positions in the government in exchange for dropping out of the federal races - THAT IS RICO.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh the operative words being "60 percent said they wanted to look around".

So unless the opposition fields and funds a viable candidate they may not look far.

Posted by: JRM2 | June 14, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street said: Their opinions are WRONG - they are hurting the country. They put in an INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED PERSON WHO IS NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR DESTROYING THE ECOSYSTEM OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. And they somehow convinced themselves that experience does not matter.
They convinced themselves that qualifications do not matter. IF THESE PEOPLE WERE RESPONSIBLE HUMAN BEINGS, OBAMA WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ELECTED. The judgment of the democrats HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE FLAWED. THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT FIT TO GOVERN. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DAMAGED THE COUNTRY - AND WE HAVE TO GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE - FOREVER.
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I have to ask.... do you truly believe McCain & ditsy would have been better leaders? Obama has handled more issues & is making more progress towards improving the country than Bush did throughout his entire 8 years... and those of us who voted for him are responsible individuals also.... the oil spill is BP's fault... not changing personnel at MMS is Obama's fault, but that doesn't make him responsible for the entire mess in the Gulf.... get a grip.

Posted by: linda35 | June 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Yes please do read the weekend posts on the Alvin Greene thread, for once there's discussion about something other than baseball. Might even learn something.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 14, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see new commentators on here trying to get zouky and 37 to shut up, even though it is futile.

This is all they have, folks -- nothing else to do with themselves.

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Chris,
Any fair look at the actual votes nationwide and the special circumstances of the most noted losers (switching parties, criminal and/or immoral activity etc...) will clearly indicate the whole anti-incumbent meme was wrong to date. No matter what the public opinion polls indicate to you, the only fact we have is what the voters did when they voted.

The numbers after real voting said you and all your pundit friends were WRONG. (see this week's nomination for WWW)... but it made for such great "Tea Party is taking over the world" headlines for all of you...Aw shucks...but what is Palin tweeting now??????

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Now, if YOU don't have something to contribute, why do YOU jam up the board for no other reason then to take me to task because you don't like what I say? Because all you're doing is wasting space to accuse me of wasting space. And now I've wasted even more space to counter your useless criticism.

Posted by: andrew23boyle


and that in a NUT shell, is the be all and end all of the loon known as the Ped. It is a nightly event around here. take a gander at the weekend thread, it is astounding the emptiness of that poor soul. Deperate for any kind of attention, even this kind. Bald, ignoRANT and angry is a heavy load to bear.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street - would you please take a valium & calm down? Too many caps...
Obama was elected fair & square by the people (as opposed to Bush both terms!) and whether or not he's re-elected in 2012 (if he decides to run) will be up to the people also... no amount of yelling from you will discount it.

Posted by: linda35 | June 14, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It is simple. If you want this nation to improve then don't vote for anyone with a (R) or a (D) after their name.

If they have done nothing else, they are guilty of willful association with a criminal organization.

It is time to clean the Augean Stables!

Demand the opening of RICO investigations on BOTH major parties!

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we get this garbage about twice a day, it's supposed to pass for original thought.

Dude, if you don't have anything to say then say nothing, we have enough jamming here already.
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It's not original thought and it's not supposed to pass as such. I never claimed it was. It's what we SHOULD have done years ago and SHOULD do today. It's what anyone who reads a newspaper and that for which anyone who can see what these vile criminals have done to this country should be HOWLING!

Now, if YOU don't have something to contribute, why do YOU jam up the board for no other reason then to take me to task because you don't like what I say? Because all you're doing is wasting space to accuse me of wasting space. And now I've wasted even more space to counter your useless criticism.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | June 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Has there EVER been a year in which much of the country believes that the previous Presidential election WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A FRAUD???

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2001. That was WAY too easy.

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 14, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

lostinthemiddle wrote:
"How about we just make an effort to understand our candidates' posititions on the issues and vote accordingly?"

GJonahJameson wrote:
No, no, any plan requiring voters to exert any effort will never work. It'd be nice, though.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 14, 2010 2:53 PM

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True enough. Maybe we can talk that Cliff dude into selling his notes on politicians. The problem then is what that great political philosopher, Paul 'Rhymin' Simon, pointed out so many years ago: "A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest".

"Ku ku kachoo."

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Historical Norms?

Has there EVER been a year in which much of the country believes that the previous Presidential election WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A FRAUD???

Obama's promises of bipartisanship - meant his would seek CENTRIST POLICIES.


Obama's promises of post-racial policies - did not mean that the democrats would MAKE FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.

Instead, Obama has BEEN ATTEMPTING TO JAM THROUGH A FAR LEFT WING AGENDA AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

OBAMA KNOWS THE PUBLIC DOES NOT SUPPORT HIS POLICIES.

OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN IN 2008 WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A FRAUD.

Obama's job performance HAS BEEN PART OF THAT FRAUD.


That is the problem - and any attempt to recast the situation as anything different is just wrong.

The democrats put Obama in - the voters are going to vote against them in fall.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but the polling data to which you refer to support your argument is shaky at best.
1.)" In the June Washington Post/ABC poll, just 29 percent of those tested said they planned to reelect their member of Congress, while 60 percent said they wanted to look around. By comparison, in Post/ABC polling the summer of 1994, nearly four in 10 (38 percent) said they wanted to reelect their own member of Congress."

The nine point difference can just as easily be the result of using two different polling firms and questions sixteen years apart.

2.) "A May New York Times/CBS News poll paints a similar picture with just nine (NINE!) percent saying members of Congress deserve reelection and 82 percent saying they don't."

That's probably no different than other election years. It's a long established fact that people say congress is a den of thieves who don't deserve their office - except for their own representative for whom they vote each election.

Posted by: amacrae1 | June 14, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

They are acting like a bunch of children in a clique.


"We aren't talking to you"


"We aren't responding to you"

The whole thing is aimed at isolating people - people who have opinions with which they do not agree.


Anyway - add to that that the bunch of them probably know each other from moveon.org or Obama's group Organizing for America -


And they are actually one organized political group.

It is pretty pathetic.

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Somehow they think that because they have adopted these tactics, it makes their opinions correct.


It doesn't


Their opinions are WRONG - they are hurting the country.

They put in an INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED PERSON WHO IS NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR DESTROYING THE ECOSYSTEM OF THE GULF OF MEXICO.

And they somehow convinced themselves that experience does not matter.

They convinced themselves that qualifications do not matter.

IF THESE PEOPLE WERE RESPONSIBLE HUMAN BEINGS, OBAMA WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ELECTED.

The judgement of the democrats HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE FLAWED.

THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT FIT TO GOVERN.

THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DAMAGED THE COUNTRY - AND WE HAVE TO GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE - FOREVER.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”, Nasa has warned. National power grids could overheat and air travel severely disrupted while electronic items, navigation devices and major satellites could stop working after the Sun reaches its maximum power in a few years. Senior space agency scientists believe the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes “from a deep slumber” sometime around 2013, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
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It is essential to our survival that the bungling imcompetent liberals with Berry at the helm be gone before this happens.

it has taken him 60 days to write his first speech in response to the gulf oil disaster. no other action to date.

I bet if it was a golf disaster it would have been dealt with the first sunny weekend.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I remember seeing this segment on "The Daily Show" last week and noticing the clash between the viewpoint presented there and the viewpoint presented here on the Fix as regards incumbents. Kudos to Chris for noticing the same and working to address it.

One of the interesting clashes for me has been between larger proclamations toward incumbents and individual proclamations toward incumbents. If you read publications with national impact, you see all sorts of arguments about how we should chuck out all the incumbents, whether from pundits, quoted sources or letters to the editor. But if you check out publications at the local level, all you see are arguments either for this candidate or against this candidate. It's easier to rail against incumbents in general than to actually vote against your local incumbent, knowing specifically the things he's done to help you and his other constituents.

lostinthemiddle wrote:
"How about we just make an effort to understand our candidates' posititions on the issues and vote accordingly?"

No, no, any plan requiring voters to exert any effort will never work. It'd be nice, though.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It is simple. If you want this nation to improve then don't vote for anyone with a (R) or a (D) after their name.

If they have done nothing else, they are guilty of willful association with a criminal organization.

It is time to clean the Augean Stables!

Demand the opening of RICO investigations on BOTH major parties!

==

we get this garbage about twice a day, it's supposed to pass for original thought.

Dude, if you don't have anything to say then say nothing, we have enough jamming here already.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I have been voting against my Dem congressman since he first ran, even though I trend liberal in social policies. He seems to have a lock on the position and I am sickened by his continual and undeserved re-election.

My guess is that voter apathy combined with voter's complaints about everybody but "their" guy/gal (in "their" district, where they seem to be happy about his/her actions) make this anti-incumbent fever nothing but hot air.

Posted by: mraymond10 | June 14, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Fox is doing everything they can to help the radical Sharron Angle, lying about her positions and background, but they aren't buying it in Nevada:

'The Fox and Friends interview — where host Gretchen Carlson falsely claimed that Angle is a political newcomer who received Sarah Palin’s endorsement — is being derided by the “dean of the press corps in Nevada,” Jon Ralston, as a “softball interview.” On his Ralston’s Flash blog, the host of Face to Face wrote that Angle was “not challenged on anything” and the Fox hosts “seem not to know who she is or who endorsed her.”

Politico’s Ben Smith printed a note from an “appalled” Ralston that further ripped the interview and Angle’s performance in it:

U.S. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle said that during an astonishing interview on “Fox and Friends” this morning in which the hosts claimed she is a political newcomer (not so) and was endorsed by Sarah Palin (not so).

[...]

Personalize?

That’s quite the different spin from Angle after her past comments about privatization –and her onetime view that Social Security is “hard to justify.”

As Media Matters notes, Angle’s own website says that she believes that Social Security should be “transitioned out” in favor of “personal retirement account options” for “young workers.” Perhaps Doocy thinks Angle’s own website is filled with “misinformation” about her positions.

A local Fox News affiliate in Las Vegas also panned Fox and Friends' softball interview, writing that the interview was "rife with inaccuracies, softball questions and poor research on the part of the producers and hosts."

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It is simple. If you want this nation to improve then don't vote for anyone with a (R) or a (D) after their name.
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LOL. Its that simple, huh? You personally guarantee that the non-party politician we vote for will improve things?
How about we just make an effort to understand our candidates' posititions on the issues and vote accordingly?

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 14, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

And look at the sad sacks from the tea party;

"4. Rein in Medicare — but not Medicare's payments to doctors (presumably including Rand Paul, a practicing optometrist who says half his patients are on Medicare)
"Medicare is socialized medicine," and one way to control medical costs would be to impose a $2,000 deductible in the program. "But try selling that one in an election."

—Comments in Lexington, KY, June 2009"

This is the tea party shtick -- don't talk about what you will actually do in office if elected. Hide your beliefs and lie like crazy.

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't really see this on the Dem side, not to near the degree. The incombents that have had trouble [like Lincoln] were simply too Republican-lite.

And Stewart has about a 100% better accuracy rate than Beltway CW.

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"By comparison, in Post/ABC polling the summer of 1994, nearly four in 10 (38 percent) said they wanted to reelect their own member of Congress."

Why not mention the actual results of the 1994 election? Far more than 50% of voters reelected their member of Congress. (Only 12% of House seats changed hands.) That poll obviously wasn't an accurate measurement of voter intentions, and there's no reason to think the 2010 poll is any better.

Posted by: Blarg | June 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

JakeD3 writes
"I'd characterize the mood as anti-establishment rather than anti-Washington. That allows races such as NV and KT to fit in with the meme along with other assorted party favorites losing in primaries."


Sortof. The anti-establishment sentiment is far stronger in the GTP than for the Dems. Lincoln is the only Dem that faced a significant primary challenge (not counting Specter as a D), which was driven by big labor more than any grassroots frustration with incumbents or the establishment.

Certainly, the highest profile primarying and anti-establishment moves have been on the GTP side: Rubio v Crist; KBH v Goodhair; Paul Jr v Grayson.

I think the real story is how the right fringe has taken over the GOP & the moderate voices are being squashed out of the new GTP. The Dem side isn't seeing anything remotely close to that.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 14, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

It is simple. If you want this nation to improve then don't vote for anyone with a (R) or a (D) after their name.

If they have done nothing else, they are guilty of willful association with a criminal organization.

It is time to clean the Augean Stables!

Demand the opening of RICO investigations on BOTH major parties!

Posted by: andrew23boyle | June 14, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm an independent reporter blogging about the Congressional race in New Hampshire's 2nd district at http://primarywire.wordpress.com/.

While this specific race has no incumbent, both Republican Charlie Bass and Democrat Katrina Swett have been criticized by their opponents for being too close to Washington. (As Bass held the seat before, and Swett is both the wife and daughter of former Congressmen.)

Each of the five(+) candidates are billing him or herself as about as anti-Washington as you could get. And in attending campaign events and talking to voters, there seems to be a real anger with politicians in Washington. I can see this certainly playing out in the race, even without an official incumbent.

Posted by: FB1223850831 | June 14, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Good writing, CC, though I'd characterize the mood as anti-establishment rather than anti-Washington. That allows races such as NV and KT to fit in with the meme along with other assorted party favorites losing in primaries.

Jake in 3D out

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 14, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

to ask the question to my eyes suggest you are blind to what is taking shape.


“… it would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government …” - David Rockefeller in Baden-Baden, Germany 1991, thanking major media for keeping secret for decades the movement of the prophetic one world government.


this type of information flow control is becoming more difficult ... the people are organizing in ways to create a government that will push back against the establishment power structures that keep the world in a monolithic authoritarian control. for change to occur establishment politicians that helped create the status quoa ..
if Larry Summers, Geithner, Rahm Emanuel or were within reach of the American People come election time they too would be out the door.

Obama is walking a line too far strayed from his election cycle promises ... his action regarding keeping in place what is is showing him as a pawn of the super predator class ... the people will rise and use government power and regulations and push back ...

this is the change that is coming.

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | June 14, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

While the rest of Latin America is bouncing back, with varying degrees of vigour, after absorbing the impact of the global recession, Venezuela is mired in stagflation. The fault, says its leftist president, Hugo Chavez, lies with capitalist “hoarders and speculators” who are conspiring to bring him down. The solution, he claims, is at hand. A few days ago, during one of the rambling television and radio monologues for which he is notorious, he announced he was “declaring war” on the private sector.


Sound all too eearily familiar - coming to a country near you soon.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 14, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I think this is simply an anti-establishment year, and if there is any other issue than an incumbent faces...they are a goner. Mollahan & Gibbons had alot of ethics issues, making them seem like the typical politician. Specter & Griffith switched parties in order to survive politically...they would likely have been beaten in any year, much less a truly anti-establishment year. Bennett did not lose to the people, he lost to the R party elite in a convention. Bennett is an exception b/c losing in a convention liek that is not the same as being thrown out by the people of his state. If Gibbons had been renominated, Republicans would have been sour as Rory Reid could have been the next Gov. of Nevada. Sandoval saved the Nevada Governor's seat to stay GOP. Mollahan would have likely won, and Specter would have likely been in better shape than the D that beat him, Sestak. I think situations matter, but if there are other issues with a candidate in this anti-establishment year, it's over for that candidate.

Posted by: reason5 | June 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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