MSM Still Doesn’t Get It
This today from MSNBC’s Domenico Montenaro;
Being an incumbent is traditionally considered a pretty reliable re-election guarantee for a political candidate. Since 1946, House incumbents have won re-election an average of 92 percent of the time. The re-election rate is lower for the Senate, but still high at 79 percent.
But this year, “incumbent” sounds a lot more like a dirty word.
With the 2010 elections approaching, dissatisfied voters no longer appear willing to give their sitting member of Congress the benefit of the doubt.
This is not an anti-incumbency movement.
This is the Tea Party; this is America.
Politicians, if you have ignored the will of the people, you are gone. If you have voted in a way that serves the interest of your party rather than the people of your district, you are gone. If you have voted thinking you know what better for the people of your state than the people of your state do, you are gone. If you have voted in a way that serves your interests before the interests of your constituents, you are gone.
On the other hand, if a politician has listened to the voice of his voters, acted in a way that helps the people of your district more than the other leaders in your own party and voted in your constituents interest rather than your own, you will be allowed to stay.
The 2010 elections are about politicians listening to and representing the will of the people; it is not an anti-incumbency movement.