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AP Crows: Primaries Show ‘Anti-DC Mood’

From a desperately spinning Associated Press:

Primaries show anti-DC, anti-establishment mood

By Liz Sidoti, AP National Political Writer Wed May 19, 2010

WASHINGTON – With the electorate’s intense anger reverberating across the country, this is all but certain: It’s an anti-Washington, anti-establishment year. And candidates with ties to either better beware.

Any doubt about just how toxic the political environment is for congressional incumbents and candidates hand-picked by national Republican and Democratic leaders disappeared late Tuesday, when voters fired Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a run-off in Arkansas and chose tea party darling Rand Paul to be the GOP nominee in Kentucky’s Senate race.

"People just aren’t very happy," Ira Robbins, 61, said in Allentown, Pa.

With anyone linked to power, it seems.

The voters aren’t against anyone “linked to power.” They are against the people who have used their power to ram down their throats things they didn’t want – like ‘healthcare reform.’

The voters are unhappy with those who have misused their power to raise taxes, increase spending and who gave government more control over our lives.

That includes the Democrats who initiated these unpopular programs, and the Republicans who don’t seem to be able to do anything to stop them.

Taken together, the outcomes of primaries in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky — following voter rejections of GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah and Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan in West Virginia — provided further evidence that voters are in the mood to choose outsiders over insiders.

An exception was the race to fill a vacant House seat in a conservative-leaning Pennsylvania congressional district; voters elected the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha’s one-time aide, Mark Critz, over Republican businessman Tim Burns

Mr. Murtha’s own congressional district is what they used to call in Britain, a ‘rotten borough.’ It is not “conservative-leaning” by any stretch of the imagination. How could it be, having elected the anti-American Mr. Murtha over the last couple of election cycles?

Moreover, Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly two to one in that district. And it is a hot bed of union thuggery and corruption in general. (Again, just look at Mr. Murtha.)

Indeed, the AFL-CIO has 40,000 members in Mr. Murtha’s former district. The United Mine Workers Of America has untold thousands of members in that same 12th congressional district. Needless to say, they both endorsed the Murtha flunky (and former Roy Rogers manager) Mark Crist.

But, despite all that, even the Democrat Mr. Critz claims to be opposed to Mr. Obama’s ‘healthcare reform’ and the other radical policies that the Democrats have brought down upon us. He also claims to be pro-gun and pro-life.

So, all in all, this is not quite the bellwether for the mid-terms that our one party media would have us believe.

Perhaps indicating that voters were expressing their frustrations at the ballot box, turnout appeared to be up in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky from the most recent previous statewide primary elections

Why is a higher turnout being described as representative of the voters “expressing their frustrations”? Couldn’t it just as well represent a desire for ‘hope and change’?

Or is that kind of language only used when liberal Democrats win?

The tone for the party-nominating season was set on the busiest primary night of the year and as more contests loomed large, particularly among Republicans.

The tone for the primary season was set on its final day? How does that work?

But it’s difficult to say whether this early season trend will hold true during the general election; much could change between now and November, especially given the uncertainty of economic recovery after the worst recession in generations and an unemployment rate hovering at 10 percent…

And when the AP says it’s difficult to say that this “early season trend will hold” through to the general elections, they mean they hope with all their might that it won’t.

If only there was a way to vote out the incumbent media.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “AP Crows: Primaries Show ‘Anti-DC Mood’”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Look for our Dear Leader to perform a number of “miracles” in late October in an attempt to pull the Dimocrats chestnuts out of the fire.

    I don’t think it will help.

  2. proreason says:

    Last night’s results are disappointing because of Murtha’s seat. The fact that one of his capo’s won is evidence of the power of lies. The cretin basically ran as a Tea Party conservative. He repudiated Health Care, Cap and Tax and every other Democrat position.

    Guess how he’ll vote now that he is elected as a Democrat?

    People of Pennsylvania, listen up.

    You only have two choices. You can choose to live lives that YOU control, or you can choose to continue your descent into serfdom……. lives controlled by arrogant, snearing, know-nothing, greedy, power-hungry bureaucrats who will say anything to get to Congress so they can enrich themselves and make themselves commissars for life, including any crimes that requires….which is exactly how the uber-criminal Murtha led his despicable life.

    They will tell you that you are too stupid to make decisions for yourself in a complex world.
    They will say you are a victim of business cheats, while they steal 100 times what any business could.
    They will say that only government can protect you, while they squeeze the life out of you.
    They will say life is so unfair that only they can insure that you get treated equally, while they take away every freedom that you have.
    They will say that they will take from the rich and give it to you, while they take it for themselves.

    Wake up and be adults.

    November 2 is the pitch of decision. There will be no going back to freedom for hundreds of years if you make the wrong decision on that day.

    • jobeth says:

      This frustrates me too.

      My dear friend who lives a conservative personal life is still one who tells me how wonderful Murtha was. How he brought home the “bacon” for that area. (She is a Florida snowbird from PA)

      Sensible as she is in most things, she just doesn’t get it.

      It seems that is will never be anything other than “me” ism with the Dims. (not a typo).

      “To hell with the rest of the country so long as I get mine”

      And I love the Spector comment about his party switch…”It will get me elected”. Except it didn’t! LOL Arrogant B*****D!

      Says it all.

    • proreason says:

      Here’s a good analysis from AT that puts a very positive spin on the Murtha seat loss. I’m not sure I buy it completely, but it is certainly an uplifting viewpoint:


    • jobeth says:

      Thanks Pro

      Knowing that she and her husband are dyed in the wool dems (OLD Dems…not this new brand of dem) I can see her voting for this guy. I know she is not liking what Obalmy is doing now…altho she voted for him.

      As I said…she is really a conservative…if only she could realize that today’s dems are not her fathers dems. And If she could begin to understand that pork for one area hurts everyone.

      I love her…if only I could reach her brain… :-)

    • Right of the People says:


      Murtha’s district is about 65% Dem, 35% Republican and always has been. The area is highly infected with union workers, both coal and steel. And although it is considered “conservative” it is the old line democrat conservative of the 50’s and 60’s ala JFK.

      It is pretty much a lost cause for the Republicans there. The best we can hope for is a quote, unquote Blue Dog who might not vote the party line all the time.

  3. canary says:

    I can’t comprehend the coalminers union voting for Democrats who say they will go bankrupt, because digging coal causes earthquakes and global warming.
    I guess the coal miners union didn’t hear Obama former global warmer Obama Czar Van Jones telling that University jokes on how it’s time for the coal miners to stop mining and retire. ho ho.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    THANK GOD! Specter and Bob Bennett got “term-limited.”

    These old codgers man……this isn’t a lifetime appointment! If you served 10 or 12 years, it’s TIME to get out. If you can’t get anything done in that time, –leave, and don’t come back as a lobbyist.

    Conservatives have to lead the charge on term limits here. Groom some young guy with fresh ideas to take your spot, or you can either:
    1. lose your job when voters sit on their hands and let the democrat win
    2. throw you out in the primaries
    3. you can leave on your own

    The establishment is angry that people are angry at the establishment. I like a lot of Republican leaders, but they SCREW UP too much stuff, and just act like bench warmers until they are eventually dragged away kicking and screaming with they are 88 years old….yeech, good riddance!

    • Right of the People says:


      It’s even worse than that. I don’t if you’re old enough to remember Howard Metzenbaum Senator from Ohio but when he was getting ready to step down, he wanted to give his seat to his son-in-law, Joel Hyatt of Hyatt Legal Systems infamy (watch the movie Philadelphia, that was Hyatt Legal that fired the gay lawyer for having AIDS). He acted like he owned the seat and it was his to pass down to his heirs.

      Term limits are definitely needed but the Catch 22 is the congress has to vote for them. Does anybody seriously think they’re going to vote themselves out of office? I’d say the chances are between slim and none and Slim already left town.

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