Change is coming (where have we heard that before?)and it’s apparently not the tea party. A lot of people are becoming less and less happy with the tea party and the controversial candidates it runs. A Washington Post – ABC poll says voters are now beginning to see the tea party as another thing not to like about politics.
Candidates that identified with the tea party won in Nevada, South Carolina, Maine, and Georgia. But three tea party candidates lost in Virginia.
Newcomers to politics were popular this week, winning races from coast-to-coast.
And voters in exit polls are saying partisanship and gridlock are among the main reasons they despise Washington. Only 22% of Americans now say they trust the government, and that’s as low as it’s been in the last half century, according to Pew Research. The President’s job approval rating has stabilized at around 50%.
But perhaps the most telling statistic in the new Washington Post – ABC poll is that less than a third of Americans say they’re inclined to vote for their House representative in November. That’s even lower than the levels of support in 1994, when Democrats lost control of the House after four decades of being in charge.
Four big-name incumbents have already lost their seats this spring: Senators Bob Bennett of Utah and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Representatives Alan Mollohan of West Virginia and Parker Griffith of Alabama.
Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas defied the anti-incumbent wave by saying her opponent was backed by “outsiders” trying to “buy their votes.” Bill Clinton, whose name is still golden in Arkansas, stumped for Lincoln. It sounds crazy, but it worked: an incumbent positioned her opposition as a “Washington establishment” candidate.
While results were mixed and incumbents got battered in some states and won in others, the only thing the tea leaves seem to be clearly saying is that the voters are demanding change.
Nobody, and I mean nobody, who holds a seat in Congress, is safe. It’s a powerful wind that’s blowing.
Tomorrow: who’s picking the people who run for political office?