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May 10th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Message to incumbents by Utah Sen. Bennett's loss?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In Boston they threw tea into the harbor. This time around they're throwing incumbents into the street. And it's a wonderful thing.

Bob Bennett (R-UT) was ousted by GOP activists.
Bob Bennett (R-UT) was ousted by GOP activists.

Utah has become the first state to oust an incumbent this year - three-term Republican Senator Bob Bennett lost to more conservative candidates in a second round of balloting at the state party convention.

It's the first time since 1940 that an incumbent senator in Utah has failed to get his party's nomination.

Bennett was a powerful and likable Senator, that just wasn't enough this time around. If anything, Republicans in Utah seemed to be turned off by his seniority.

Bennett himself acknowledged what he called the "toxic'" political atmosphere.

The country is in an anti-incumbent rage, and Bennett's loss may be an ominous warning sign for other incumbents. We can hope. National polls show deep-seated unrest and discontent with Washington. And other incumbents are feeling the heat.

In Iowa, long time Republican senator Charles Grassley is in trouble... he's still barely ahead but has dropped 20 points in a hypothetical match-up against his Democratic opponent.

In Pennsylvania, Republican-turned-Democrat turned turncoat Arlen Specter - the state's longest serving senator - may finally be shown the door. His lead over his primary challenger is evaporating. The Pennsylvania district held by the late Democratic Congressman John Murtha is in Jeopardy of going to a Republican for the first time in 35 years. It's all good.

Ironically, like the first one, this revolution also began in Massachusetts... with the election of a Republican to fill the Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy.

Here’s my question to you: What message does Utah Sen. Bob Bennett's loss send to other incumbents?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

George in Illinois writes:
The upcoming elections will be like cleaning out your garage: You get rid of the obvious junk, then get rid of half the junk you have doubts about. What's left, you put back in the garage. And then you throw out all that stuff the next time you clean out the garage, regretting that you just didn't get rid of all of it the first time. In the end, you feel better.

Larry in Springfield, Ohio writes:
Jack, The message is: If you won't listen to the public, the public will pink slip you and get someone in office who will. And, party no longer matters!

Steve writes:
It would seem that the polarization will get worse. Everything I have read about Bennett indicated he was willing to work for the good of his state through many different administrations. When compromise and bipartisanship is a no-no to the "fringes", and I mean either side, there is big trouble brewing.

Gary in Poulsbo, Washington writes:
Democrat or Republican, it doesn't seem to matter. Finally, FINALLY, it seems that the American public is - if nothing more that just opening a sleepy eye to swat at the annoying fly disturbing its deep slumber - acknowledging that the people we send to Washington D.C. are there to do what we want them to do, for us and our country, instead of for themselves, their PACs and those with the biggest checkbooks.

Albert in Los Angeles writes:
Jack, We are talking about Utah. Let's not read anything into this more than white radical reactionary religious right-wingers are having a fit over a black person being president.

Andrea in Gilbert, Arizona writes:
The message it sends is that Americans want term limits for Congress. Two terms should be all that is allowed. It gets them back into the private sector to see what we are all dealing with. Who is willing to write that law? It doesn't matter what party you're with, you've been there too long and we are not any better for it.

Arlene in Illinois writes:
The trouble with incumbents is they think their job is like the Supreme Court, a lifetime appointment. Well, guess again brother.


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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. Jayne

    The message to Republican incumbents and to the Republican Party should be that the teabaggers are creating a dream scenario for Democrats by splitting the Republican Party into the sane faction and the wingnut faction. The sane Republicans are unlikely to vote for the teabaggers and will either sit out elections or support Independents or Democrats.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  2. Hugo Kijne, Hoboken NJ

    The message that if you're a Republican with a minimum of a brain and/or a heart, you're vulnerable this year.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  3. Nancy in Michigan

    To stop taking money and perks from the lobbiests. As Americans, not progressive or conservative, we need to push for campaign finance reform. The greed is corrupting our government. Need I remind you of how the Roman Empire ended?

    May 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  4. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    The message I hope it would send is that the rest of you fools better straighten out and fly right – and soon, read: do the PEOPLE’s business, NOT your own or those of the crooks that line your pockets.

    Unfortunately, the message it actually sends is that you better grab as much for yourselves as you can because your time in office may be limited. The inmates are running the asylum and no one is safe if a rational conservative like Bennett can be turned out simply for not being a lunatic radical right wingnut hate monger.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  5. JENNA

    What message does Utah Sen. Bob Bennett's loss send to other incumbents?

    That even Republicans are sick of those that just say NO to everything!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    May 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  6. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Absolutely Jack
    As I have said in the recent past on this fine blog.These guys from both sides have flat out mis-managed our government 100%.We
    need new people from both sides and TERM LIMITS..................
    Bennett will only be one of many.This system of good ole boys who stay in DC for life are taking us down a very dark road.
    David

    May 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  7. shera

    Wait till november

    May 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  8. Mike B

    If you were elected by the right and have demonstrated any degree of bipartisan leadership you will be unemployed come Nov. 2010.

    Mike from Tallahassee, Florida

    May 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  9. Duane

    Humm...Time to look for a real job!!

    May 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  10. Ralph

    The message is simple: out with the old, in with the new.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    May 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  11. Dennis in Grand Rapids

    Basically it's time to pack your bags and leave office.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  12. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think the messages been sent to the Republican Party incumbents that there is no room to the left. Your views must be that of Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin to survive in the republican party today. I do like the idea of a three candidate race. It gives voters like me a chance to vote for someone more in the middle.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  13. altaloman

    The American political system (meaning the voters) will not allow all incumbents in the U.S. Congress to be unseated this year. Even though that would be the only way the current office holders would know the full extent of voter disgust, there are still pockets of the political;y-entrenched who like the status quo and manage to hold onto office no matter how their views and votes differ from the majority.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  14. Jerry Driskell

    Message ? What's a message ? I didn't hear any message. That's what the incumbents are probably saying. They have all lived in their own little "bubble" for so long; they are not capable of understanding what the "common man" understands. But they will come November.
    JerryinGa

    May 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  15. Karen

    Conservative Americans will no longer put up with pseudo-conservatives. Any self-proclaimed conservative member of Congress who is willing to reach left "across the isle" is not a true conservative and it is the main reason why conservatives are turning independent and libertarian. Why are conservatives expected to reach across the isle and compromise their values, when it is never expected of liberals to do so? These types of compromises are what has brought America to where it is now and look where it has gotten us–even farther left than Democrats of a few decades ago were. Socialist policies are killing the Constitution and economy and these policies have found support in both parties. Conservatives can not compromise any longer. Our country cannot afford it. We had the best and freest nation in the World–why would we want something less than that? The government is trying to buy the American People with so-called freebies that they continue to throw at us–"freebies" that we, citizens of the United States of America paid for. Nothing is free–including our freedom–it is all paid for by the citizens of this great country. We must return to true conservative values. It is the only solution to save our Democratic Republic! True conservatives will no longer succumb to the rhetoric of the left. As a Utahn, when Bob Bennett refused to listen to his constituents regarding the Bail Out in 2008, he lost my support and apparently the support of the majority of conservatives in his home state. He still thinks he made the right choice. Few of his constituents agree. We will not put up with less than a true conservative, one who is not willing to compromise his values nor the values of his constituents.

    Santaquin, Utah

    May 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  16. Heather from Indiana

    The message wasn't sent to incumbents. It was sent to all Repulicans that are moderate conserative and even just conservative. It shows that the Republicans have officially lost their mind, their soul, their morals and their values as a party.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  17. David Gerstenfeld

    It means that the aisle between the Democrats & Republicans will get wider with less cooperation then we have now if you can believe that.
    David, Las Vegas

    May 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  18. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl one down, a lot more to go. maybe this time our politicians will start quaking in their shoes when we legal, voting, taxpayers demand that they be removed from their positions, permanently. remember, vote them all out! let's see how long they last on unemployment.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Ed from Texas

    As Bill Maher famously said, "Democrats have moved to the center and the Republicans have moved into the insane asylum."

    Ed
    Texas

    May 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  20. Eugene from California

    Jack, it means those pandering, feckless, entrenched incumbants better start worrying because "we'll remember in November". Anyone that votes for an incumbant is looking through rose colored glasss and deserves more of the same government.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  21. Joe, Chicago IL

    Bennett stood for amnesty and instate tuition for illegal immigrants. His opponents did not. Message from the people says they want immigrants that respect our laws.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  22. bob z fr ,pa.

    gov has got to big and we the people are going to change that

    May 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  23. steve in florida

    The message is that the GOP is totally fragmented at this point. Proceed at your own risk. Everyone's angry, nobody's thinking.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  24. Lloyd Andrews

    At some point the populace gets fed up with the lies and spin that career politicians use for self-aggrandizement. The elected folks in Washington are simply lost in some sort of egostitical power trip and have forgotten why they are there. It is indeed refreshing to see that the populace is voting out incumbents, putting integrity before the promise of seniority and its implied local porkfest. The political system and its
    members are broke, and the sooner we can get honest leaders in the mix, the better. What we have now are corrupt, entrenched , pompous purveyors of piggish platitudes; espousing and promising anything to keep their jobs. We are losing this country because of this malfeasant
    myopia. We all better learn to eat taco salad with chopsticks, because this is the future we are rapidly heading for.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  25. Alex Williams

    I think the defeat of Bob Bennett indicates that ALL INCUMBENTS, not just Democratic ones, are on the chopping block when it comes to this year's midterm elections. I think it also shows that the ideological center of congress is being forced and pushed out by an increasingly polarizing right and left, which is odd, considering that the number of individuals who are not aligned with either party and are in the center of the political center are growing. All I know is that if you thought last and this year's sessions of congress were polarized and gridlocked, just wait, it is only going to get worse next year.

    – Alex
    Sacramento

    May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  26. Mark Northern PA

    As a Republican I would encourage every incumbent who is a moderate Republican to seriously consider running as an independent, as The Republican Party is in the process of imploding with this purging of moderates in favor of right wing radicals. After the Republicans loose in November maybe they will wake up realize its not the conservatives they need to court as they would never vote for a Democrat, its the moderate Republicans they lost in the last election. As a Republican who voted for Obama in 2008, I will vote for the Democrats in 2010 again unless my Party returns to its senses and stops acting like right wing facists.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  27. Smith in Oregon

    Obviously Jack Cafferty the message to Republican incumbents is that your time is over, your Party of NO is coming to a end. The time is NOW to vote in my Democratic Lawmakers into Congress and the US Senate for a brighter and prosperous America tomorrow.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  28. Bob Fleming

    The message sent by the defeat of Senator Bennett in Utah is that unfortunately the extreme right has taken over the Republican Party.

    This does not mean that they will be succesful in states where the electorate is more moderate.

    It is doubtful that the Tea Party will play too well in many states outside of the south and in a couple of states in the northwest

    May 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  29. Jane (Minnesota)

    I would hope it means that voters want their elected representatives to actually be working together to solve the country's problems instead of just saying no.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  30. riley oday

    I hope it tells the others Your Fired also.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  31. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    The candidate selection process needs to be changed so that the winner is a viable option in the general election.

    Because political extremists are well organized and attend primaries and caucuses in numbers unrepresentative of their proportion of the electorate, Moderates like Charlie Crist will win office and the Republican candidate will not.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We can only hope that this is a wake up call to the rest of these bozos that either start doing a job for Americans or take a hike. To me it would be wonderful if all of them lost this year, Democrats and Republicans.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  33. Thomas in Tx.

    It sends the message to incumbents that some American voters have little use for moderates in government .It sends a message to the rest of us,too, that those same voters have either forgotten the eight year Bush Admin. nightmare, or they actually miss those "good ole days" and want a return to them.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  34. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Senator Bennett is a staunch conservative who was targeted by the TEA party for daring to reach across the aisle in an attempt to provide healthcare for all Americans. The message is this: Bipartisanship is dead.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  35. Greg in Cabot, AR

    If I recall, Bennett is still in office after promising to serve only two terms when he was first elected in 1992 and maybe some voters are tired of broken promises from career politicians that do whatever it takes to get re-elected rather than doing the will of the voters.

    But on the other hand, it might mean that our country has split even wider than we thought when angry sound bites and nasty campaign slogans translate into more votes than finding practical solutions to our problems.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  36. southerncousin

    We are not a leftist, socialist state and the working people of the country are tired of supporting the lazy, do nothing, dope smokers that elected Obama.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  37. Byron, Atlanta

    Along with the Charlie Crist situation in Florida, this is just further proof that the Tea Partiers have taken over the Republican Party apparatus and won't let anyone who exhibits any sign of moderation or ability to compromise through the Republican primary process.

    Republican candidates will have to shift way to the crazy right extremes to get the Tea Party's blessing, or run as independents, like Charlie Crist is going to do.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  38. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Maybe it tells incumbents, especially Republican incumbents, that people are serious when they say we need to clean house, or both houses. I said several months ago that if the TEA partiers are serious then Republican politicians would be particularly vunerable, since most of the TEA protesters are in Red states. Maybe this will come true, but I have my doubts.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  39. Ed Fazio, AZ

    Resign.!!! We Want Representation That Does Not Lie, Cheat, Steal, Play Party Politics, & Spend Our Money Like Drunk Politicians We Want a Smaller Central Government That Works For & Listens to All of the People, Not Just to Their Political Party. We Want Our Representatives to Serve a Short Time & Return to Normal Lives. We Do Not Want Career Politicians Who Have Never Held a Regular Job. To Middle America, the Career Politician is Lower Than a Snake Which Crawls on It's Belly.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  40. bonnie from nj

    I say it says BEWARE!!! The key word is "incumbent" not democrat or republican and we are coming after all of them!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  41. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    The people are tired of being ignored. I would invest in Washington moving companies, there's going to be a lot of people changing addresses in November.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  42. Al Brown

    Jack,
    The message to incumbents ( in particular those that have been in power too long) is to get your resume updated and join the ranks of the unemployed. There are too many dinasaurs in Congress that have forgotten why they were elected. Time for term limits!
    Al
    Gorham, NH

    May 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  43. John from Alabama

    Jack: Senator Bennett was a conservative with common sense who believed just saying no was not enough. The ultra conservatives are running the republican party. The ultra conservatives and ultra liberals have something in common they are both extremes of their parties. The extremes have always been dangerous.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  44. B.J., Quincy, Il

    Apparently he wasn't doing the job that Utah wanted him to do.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  45. RON in washington state

    It says that the gop is about to self destruct. With the help of the tea party.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  46. JFC in Colorado

    Change is coming!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  47. Arlene, Illinois

    The trouble with incumbents is they think their job is like the
    Supreme Court, a lifetime appointment, well guess again brother.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  48. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    People are damn sick and tired of of the worthless jerks we have in congress now. Time to vote them all out of office, most have been there so long they think that the office belongs to them until they decide to leave, usually after becoming millionaires by taking money from ever lobbyist in Washington.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  49. Elmahdi Oummih

    The message is that we need to have more than two parties controlling political discourse in the United States. For the life of me, I cannot tell the difference between Democrats or Republicans anymore. The party that is out of power always claims to send a message, but we would all do well to remember that it was a Republican administration that allowed 911 to happen, and it was a Republican administration that lied America into an illegal war in Iraq.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  50. Ryan in Galesburg, IL

    Jack, if anti-incumbancy is the new theme, it is a shallow as single-issue voting. What we need is for Americans to actually pay attention to issues and actions, not the simple-mindedness of voting out everyone. Democracy is not a mob.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  51. Ed

    That the Tea baggers are mad enough to kick real conservatives out of office.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  52. Mark, Oklahoma City

    It disgusts me to hear media people refer to Bob Bennett being "out of a job". HEY, the guy is 76 years old, will have a great retirement and medical package.....so I say get out and let someone with youth and new ideas take that seat! We shoud all "lose our jobs" at age 76 with a great retirement to look forward to! Give me a break!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  53. Mike

    A note to all politicians-" Don't plan on retiring from your elected postion with a pension "!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  54. Brian Smith Ph.D. San Diego CA

    The messages is......Keep your night job because you day job is gone !!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  55. Mark, Oklahoma City

    My job as a teacher....then there will be 50 kids in a classroom and if you want to see real chaos, then try teaching in that environment.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  56. Victor G. Hughes

    Well Jack, as they say in house repair, your 'foundations' are coming apart!!! This doesn't bode well for the future as the new 'repairs' are done by the loudest but NOT those that can see past their insular viewpoints!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  57. Bill in TX

    Jack,

    Take heart. Any significant change will be very temporary. The corporate-persons's cash carrying minions will arrive on any newly elected's office doors with the marching orders. One election cycle or less and the rich will be feasting on taxpayer dollars as always.

    Ask the tea baggers how the "drill baby drill" is working out for FL, MS, AL LA and TX. and those of us who liked fish. In a year of so they will be voting the right-wing-nut line, as usual, if they change at all. Sen. Lincoln will survive to help maintain the traditions of our corporate rulers.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  58. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    Sen. Bennett was the first ... only 534 to go!

    Rick,
    Medina,OH

    May 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  59. gabriel

    seattle,wa* well,Jack the message seems quite simple in a broad view,this tea party movement is gaining some momentum and pushing people including the incumbents more to the right, being a republican just isn't enough any more these days for the people on the right it seems they want pure pro life conservatives,

    May 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  60. Bernie

    Jack,

    It means that unless your politics are to the right of Atilla the Hun, watch out!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  61. ron

    The chickens have come home to roost.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  62. Bob

    I can only hope that America continues to throw out all incumbents who refuse to represent us in enforces are laws for example with immigration, etc. Throw them out Regardless of which party they belong to. Take back America.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  63. Pete

    The loss of Incumbent Senator Bob Bennett should send the message that Americans are sick and tired of issues not being addressed in an effective manner. In business, it is up to upper management to determine the top 3 to 5 issues the company is to address in the next period of time, and establish the resourses to address those issues. Government should be able to act in the same way, and keep other issues from clouding the primary issues. They need to focus. Unfortunately the ideological issue of big government or not will alway get in the way. We expect our government to work through these issues.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  64. Paul Austin, Texas

    They should all have their bags packed and be ready for a plane ride home. The Tea Party claims victory however most of us iregardless of party are feed up with the incumbents. Term limits need to become law. The days of elected one's moving in for life will soon be over. If it is not law then it will be done by the people at the ballot box.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  65. Gail, Plano TX

    In my state, incumbents reign supreme. Nothing will have any effect, no matter who runs against them.
    U saw what happened to Kay Bailey Hutchison. And I am wondering where she is now. Are we paying her senate salary while she licks her wounds? John Cornyn is like a boil on the backs of Democrats from TX. But u can bet your last dollar that he will be reelected when he runs again.
    Citing Scott Brown, Jack, is very difficult to understand, as he is so unqualified for the Senate.
    Sometimes the devil u have is better than the devil you get.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  66. Marlene

    It's to bad the Utah process avoids letting citizens vote. Representatives of Republicans voted for candidates and let the top two vote getters participate in the primary. So if you can stack the deck, you can beat the house. But, maybe Utah voters don't care that they don't personally get to vote. Each state is different in their election process, so as an incumbent I would take note, but look to my own state's process to determine the impact. Mr. Bennett was a conservative, but at least he was a voice of reason. Marlene in Mich

    May 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  67. Steve

    It would seem that the polarization will get worse. Everything I have read about this man indicated he was willing to work for the good of his state thru many different administrations. When compromise and bi=partisianship is a no no to the "fringes"..and I mean either side, there is big trouble brewing..

    May 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  68. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    Grassley and Bennett are not comparable cases, since Grassley is not being challenged from the right. Bennett's loss is more about Tea Party extreemism than anti-incumbency. This won't hurt the GOP in Utah, but it will in Florida and possibly Arizona.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  69. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    Incumbents beware! As a Pennsylvanian, I am looking forward to showing the door to Arlen Specter. He should've retired before this for health reasons while he was still a Republican. For me, his kiss of death in the Democratic Party came when he first switched parties, not for ideological reasons, but for the sake of his job. Obama did himself a disservice when he became a strange bedfellow for expediency's sake and jumped on the Specter bandwagon, but hopefully he'll wake up and support Sestak, the real Democrat, come election day.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  70. Rich McKinney, Texas

    The message i am getting is that America is tired of Washington's business as usual. People are beginning to see that we can not keep electing the same fools into office and expect different results. Personally I say, "Good riddance" and applaud those voting these scum bags out.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  71. Joe CE

    The message is for Rpublican incumbents. The party is being taken -over by the right wing fring – a move toward becoming a premant minority party.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  72. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I know when the November elections take place, I won't be voting for anyone that's an incumbent. My elected officals turned their backs on me, so I'm done with supporting them. Based on what I've been reading, and watching, in the news, I'm not the only one who is done with their elected representatives. I want elected officals that won't turn their back on me. I'm going to do what I can in Novemer to insure that. I hope those that do get elected don't sqaunder our trust and faith in them.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  73. Tina

    It is long past time to get rid of these dust bunnies and get fresh, new thinkers in. I am voting out all incumbents here in Tx

    May 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  74. Ray, Florida

    Jack, I think it is a good idea to get rid of the 'Party of No' incumbents. And the Democrats that did not vote with the president on the health care bill should be voted out as well. What good is a majority if you don't take advantage of it?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  75. Tim Sullivan stationed in Germany

    Jack,

    Historically speaking, I think that the American system of government simply does not work well with a President and a Congress whose majority shares the same party. I am a conservative leaning towards libertarianism, but just a couple of years ago I was so fed up with our single minded government that I checked the block that said "all Democrats" on my voting ticket. I thought we needed a balance of power more than anything else. Now that I've seen what a Democratic President can do with a Democratic Congress, I admit that I am far more disgusted with this country's progression towards socialism. I care about freedom and I have learned my lesson. I only hope that the emergence of the tea party values will bring forth candidates who understand and will uphold the Constitution, and the values that made this country great in the first place. The present powers really just don't get it, and I regretfully share the responsibility for the abomination that they are making of this once great country. Lesson learned, I hope. Vote the socialists out. I am an American, and that means that I love and appreciate my freedoms.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  76. Herman

    The message is pretty clear. Stand up for the conservative values that make up the republican party and whats best for American people or you will be voted out. I sure hope that they hear the message loud and clear. The Florida race shows just how they scramble when the heat is on when judged on their record.
    Portland, OR

    May 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  77. bud rupert

    The message, in my view, is a sad and almost pathetic one.
    When someone with the respect and qualifications of Bob Bennet is booted out of office because of being "not conservative enough" it shines a light on exactly what the founding fathers were afraid of. That a substantial number within the electorate will vote more on emotion and ideology then with reason. Both Madison and Hamilton considered it a real problem and wrote about it extensively.

    What's sad is – Not much has changed in 223 years.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  78. bennie

    adios amigos poof all incumbents on both sides of the aisle prepare for landing outside of congress

    May 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  79. Mr D

    Politicians-your time has come. We will help you find the nearest exit and try some new blood that hopefully will not be attached at the hip to the lobby faction in Washington. I can see the "payoff people" getting nervous. Now, if we can make it work over the long haul, perhaps we can get this train back on the track.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  80. Mike, Lindsay CA.

    The message from my prospective is: ignore your constiuency at your political peril. With all the backroom, and "smoke filled rooms" that are prevalent in Washington, it becomes too easy to get caught up in all the sleazy money, and lobbyist promises of power, and endless re-election. For once, maybe it means that the people and citzenry of the US have finally had enough of politics as usual...One can only hope!!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  81. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    I think it's obvious Jack, "Don't screw with us". We're fed up with Congeress serving Congeress. My home State of Connecticut is getting rid of both it's incumbents. Chris Dodd this year, and Leiberman as soon as possible. We need people who never falter in their support of the AMERICAN people, 1st & foremost. NOT Israel Joe.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  82. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,the message is if you won't listen to the public,the public will pink slip you and get some one in office that will,and party no longer matters!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  83. Albert K. in Los Angeles, CA

    Jack, we are talking about Utah, let’s not read anything into this more than white radical reactionary religious right-wingers are having a fit over a Black person being President. These races fools who speak of the Boston Tea Party have no clue what the message to the monopolist King was when three ships loads of global corporate cargo was dunked in the bay. Those real Americans would never vote for these GOP global corporatists of today!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  84. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Jack, It just tells us all that the right wing, especially the far right in Utah, are like a sow hog, they will eat their own. Utah is a convoluted society of own immoral devices that is twisted with religious ineptitude, inter-twined with inbreeding. What they need more of is Im-Palin influence to set them down their Yellow Brick Road towards their high valued and self-important ignorance and sip it down with the deflated sacks of Tea Bagger potions..

    May 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  85. Albert K. in Los Angeles, CA

    Jack, we are talking about Utah, let’s not read anything into this more than white radical reactionary religious right-wingers are having a fit over a Black person being President. These racist fools who speak of the Boston Tea Party have no clue what the message to the monopolist King was when three ships loads of global corporate cargo was dunked in the bay. Those real Americans would never vote for these GOP global corporatists of today!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  86. LS

    The message should be that Americans are tired of being ignored at the expense of special interests who line the pockets of these bums.
    I can only hope that the people are finally awake and fed up enough with these self serving pukes to show them all the door. It's LONG overdue!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  87. Jim In Miami

    Jack-

    Generally, the democrats are quite happy with their elected representatives – the conservatives, should, however, feel free to dismantle their political party.....

    Jim

    May 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  88. boog

    Time for fresh blood, all around. The old guys and gals in Washington have screwed it up enough, lets get some in there that might actually work for us.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  89. Will from San Jose, CA

    It send the message we need run-off voting or at least open primaries. Otherwise both parties are going to elect their ideological extremes. When no moderate can win, we all lose.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  90. Craig in Houston

    The message they're sending is that the Tea-Baggers will eat their own before trying to start on the Dems. I'm of the opinion that this whole movement is going to backfire and reduce voter's choices this year to one between a democrat, and something even less palatable than a democrat.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  91. Susan from Idaho

    Don't get comfortable with that seat, you may be shown the door.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  92. Kenneth in the High Desert town of Pinon Hills, California

    Jack,
    It says they are going to get kicked out of office for doing what their constituents have been doing, borrowing when they have spent more than they take in. It is ironic the public hasn't had their own Tea Party going on with their own personal finances. Maybe government would have taken note and acted more frugal.
    Both government and the public have lived incredibly beyond their means incurring crippling debt. Is it a case of monkey see, monkey do? Did our servants in Washington become money careless by observing their constituents, or visa versa?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  93. Dennis north Carolina

    it is time for change.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  94. Leslie

    I think it sends a fantastic message. It's telling these do nothings in Washington we are tired of them and this broken government. That it does not matter what your party or whether you are on the local,state or federal levels. We are going shopping at the government depot. Because, its time to fix our governments and clean out those who are not doing the citizens business. We cannot afford nor can we wait another ten years for immigration and financial reform because they are afraid to make a stand. We all suffer while those fat cats in Washington smile and lie in our faces and then turn around and stab us in our backs. We need a government that is elected and governed by the people for the people. All the people! What we have in this country is a club for the elite rich and our congressional leaders are the doormen .

    May 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  95. Donna from Colorado Springs

    It means that if you're a liberal or even know a liberal, you're in danger of being shown the door! Conservatives have made it their cause to take over the country again, and frankly, that scares the hell out of me! I don't know if I can live through Bush part two and I'm afraid that the conservatives are winning the war. They refuse to even give the President a fighting chance, and I thought people in this country were smarter than to fall for Republican conservative dictatorship once again!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  96. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: No message is being sent to other incumbents. There are the "winners and loosers"---he lost-–Democrats and Republicans-–are all a figment of our imaginary mind that we create. Do you honestly believe that his replacement and other incumbents are going to do anything different than what is already being done? If you do---you are very naive-–and I'm not politically savy. The 10 percent of the population that controls 95% of the wealth run this nation.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  97. Meg from Troy

    Jack–
    The message is that Congress has not done enough to serve its constituents since the last election. I am fed up with Congress members who do nothing but talk and/or just say no and soak up the bennies and collect from the lobbyists that they really work for in Washington. It's time for some new blood. Senator Bennett is the first victim–but I don't believe that he will be the last.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  98. Gary H. Boyd

    The message is not as significant as you might think. Utah is a very conservative Republican bastion and always has been. As such it would be a perfect place for the Tea Party to ferment and that;s just what happened. Bennett got too liberal and too partisan.
    The Tea Party will only prevail in predominently Republican states.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  99. DON IN WESTPORT,MA.

    The message is "Ok guys, its over. We hid in the shadows long enough. They noticed us. Its time to move on."

    May 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  100. Chris Taylor

    The message is we shall no longer tolerate Professional politicians who do nothing but feather their own nest. Be they democrat or republican they are all about to learn what term limits are. The ramming through of this huge new health care entitlement was just the right thing to awaken the citizens of this great country. There is one message. Stop Spending money you do not have!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  101. frankie

    I didn't exactly expect the Tea Party to like my side the Democrats, but I think that the message to the Republicans is that they are reaping what they sowed. They have won themselves voters who refuse to let them think when they are in Congress, I hope they are happy being the official party of Hell No. Maybe they are paying a moral price for not actively denouncing racism.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  102. Randy from Texas

    There's no doubt that the party is over for those who have made a career in national politics while selling their so-called constituents down the river. Business as Usual is no longer good enough for the American People, no matter if one belongs to the Tea Party, the Democratic or the Rebublican Party. The only mission statement these guys have nowadays is to get re-elected; in-between elections, they make bad laws (see Healthcare) or no laws at all. After mis-spending the taxpayers' money for God knows how many years (see Stimulus, Bailout and others), their track records are finally catching up to them and good riddance, I say. Now, if we could just trade in a couple of these current Supreme Court Justices, our country would definitely be heading in the right direction.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  103. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    When will these career politicians realize that they are not in a lifetime appointment? A little fresh blood will hopefully enable congress to function again. I fully support the conservative purity purges since it is good for the Democrats. The Democrats are not perfect, but they are certainly less evil than the corporatist Republicans.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  104. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, the message to incumbents is a simple one. Do not assume that "your" seat is safe! Do not take the voters for granted! Right now, America is fed up with "do-nothings" on both sides of the aisle. Business as usual is the surest way for an incumbent to wonder "What happened?" after the November elections!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  105. honest john in vermont

    It should be telling Congress we have had it with them. Don't let the door hit you in the butt.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  106. Minesh - Troy, MI

    The incumbents should watch out.

    The party lines are becoming more clear. Moderates are no longer welcome.

    (Conservative)Republicans want their candidate to be pro-life, deficit hawk, anti-bailout, anti-illegal immigration and strong on national security.

    (Liberal)Democrats want candidates who are pro-abortion and love huge government entitlement programs with amnesty for illegals.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  107. Dan Herriott

    As shown in the now viral YouTube videos "America Rising – An Open Letter to Democrats" and "Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration"; "We tried to warn you... but you wouldn't listen – No more taxes, spending or socialism" i.e., [it's] "Too Late to Apologize". I think that says it all.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  108. Michael in Phoenix

    We sent the message when we ousted the republicans and elected democrats. We are tired of the same old rhetoric! The democrats did not get the message. Time to vote third party to send a real message. Term limits should be added for set for senators and congressmen. It is time to stir the pot and get rid of the people that have been getting rich while the country falls apart.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  109. Jeff In Minnesota

    The jig might be finally up. It's possible that the American electorate might actually understand that Congress needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, the replacements appear to be more partisan than those they will replace. That just means more gridlock, not less.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  110. Doc Price

    Jack,
    I hope it means that these idiots need to start polishing up their job interview skills. About the only things that they may be qualified for is lawyers, bankers, and insurance sales. They're GREAT at lying to people with a straight face!!
    Doc, Moore, Ok

    May 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  111. steve- virginia beach

    The message is simple- this is our country and We the People are taking it back, changing it back, and fundamentally un-transforming it. Whether they like it or not.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  112. Sean McCoy

    Hopefully it will be a bloodbath on both sides of the aisle. Politicians from both camps have long forgotten who they really work for, and until voters start sending them packing nothing is going to change.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  113. leon anderson

    I would hope we remove all incumbents' regardless of their party affiliation, I am sick and tired of their corruption.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  114. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The message it sends is the populous still does not get it.

    You can replenish the flock with new sheep, but as long as you have the same shepherds and the same wolves there can never be change.

    As long as there are lobbyists (shepherds) doing the bidding of the 1% of the population with 98% of the wealth (the wolves), the only thing different is the meat is a little fresher.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  115. 123skidoo

    The message is simple, if you're a Republican... there is no middle ground, no room for compromise. You're with us or against us.

    It's a shame that a handful of talking heads are taking a once proud political party away from its roots based in tolerance and compassion... I wonder what Lincoln would think.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  116. Chaotician

    Hell, every politician, in office or not needs to be booted and every political party ignored; we should elect only independents.... and they should be required to sign a pledge to only serve 3 terms as a rep and 1 term as a senator to even be considered! We must break the power of corporations, Falwell religious right ideologues, and FOX indoctrinated air heads! We need a purge from top to bottom of our government...OUR government...hello, OUR GOVERNMENT!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  117. Ken Lewis

    I think this is great. I'm from PA, and Arlen Spector was actually a Democrat, switched to Republican to win senate (PA is very split, house is mostly Rep, Senate and Gov is always split). After being in the Senate, he flipped back to Dem. Now, who knows what he's thinking. Time to clean out house all accross the country.

    Too many politicians say what they need to get elected, then just follow the party line (which most of us regular folks don't even agree with, we just choose the lesser of 2 evils). Get them out, Get term limits instituted, and do like many states do, legislature sessions are limited to xxx days, not a whole year mess with our laws kind of thing.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  118. Conor in Chicago

    Let's not be overdramatic Jack. All this means is that Utah Republicans doubled down on conservatism.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  119. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The blame game is over.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  120. Matt in NY

    When I go in the voting booth I plan on voting against the incumbent regardless of which party I end up voting for.

    Join me.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  121. olivia knoxville

    It is time to kick the long term do nothing incumbents out. The incumbents have a history of irresponsible spending, negotiation of backroom deals, and allowed health care to skyrocket. The incumbents have cause a deep division in the country.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  122. Timothy Bevin

    And it's not just the incumbents, but those whom the incumbents are endorsing as well. Just ask Trey Greyson who has been endorsed by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Sorry! The people of Kentucky prefer who Rand Paul is and what he stands for.

    Tim Bevin

    Louisville, KY

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  123. Scott Stodden

    The message is clear if your an incumbent you better be well aware that your job is in jeopordy! There are to many Congress people and Senators who have been in power way to long and its time to form a new Congress and a new Senate!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  124. Dallas Parker

    Pack your suitcase your are moving. Dalton, Ga.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  125. Dru

    Jack, this just isn't a Tea Party movement. This is a grass roots effort by all Americans to take back our County. For far too long both the Left and Right have been ignoring voters. We are a Country of moderates on both sides and we're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  126. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, I hope it says we will NOT forget and our votes WILL count. If you can't do what we want, we will send you packing. I can only hope that some other states will follow Virginia/New Jersey/Mass/Utah, and send these power abusing jerks home. Maybe somehow they will get the word and stop jamming unwanted/unwarranted laws down our throats just because it is the politically expedient thing to do. Nebraska, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Delaware, Montana, are you listening?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  127. rocky krokus

    I wish they would do the same thing with media pundits! They should all be replaced or looking for jobs too because they're the one's, THE ONLY one's stirring up controversy, just for ratings and advertising dollars. Watch out Jack!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  128. GEORGE

    The upcoming elections will be like cleaning out your garage. You get rid of the obvious junk, then get rid of half the junk you have doubts about. What's left you put back in the garage, then throw out all that stuff out the next time you clean out the garage, regretting that you just didn't get rid of all of the it the first time. In the end you feel better, and have a fresh start at accumulating more junk.

    Seriously, it is time to start fresh. And that goes from the bottom all the way to the top. Next step? Campaign finance reform where everyone who runs get a pot of money from the Treasury. No PAC money, no contributions. Everyone starts the same whether they are incumbents or challengers. (Wishful thinking!!!!!!)

    May 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  129. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Jack:

    Bob Bennett, what a GOPsaurus, would retiring be so bad for him?
    Anyway, the message it sends is that it is incumbent upon us (the voters) to throw the bums out ! If the challenger is a bum, then he or she should be thrown out next. It should be as risky for a political science major as it is for a structural engineer for gainful employment.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  130. Gigi Oregon

    My vote for Oregon will be for Democrat incumbents. They need not worry. They have not been an embarrassment to the Good State of Oregon.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  131. Martha Andrews

    it's a sad day when a political party DEMANDS of it's people to vote against anything put out there by the other party NO MATTER how good it is for the country!

    It's saying that the Conservatives don't care anything about their country only their party! How sad is that and it's too bad that other people can't see them for what they are–norrow minded bigots!

    They think only their way is right (correct) and if you disaggree with them they won't even listen to your side of the issue. That is NOT democracy but some horrible "growth" that should be removed.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  132. Gary in Poulsbo, Washington

    Democrat or Republican, it doesn't seem to matter. Finally, FINALLY, it seems that the American public is, if nothing more that just opening a sleepy eye to swat at the annoying fly disturbing it's deep slumber, is acknowledging that the people we send to Washington D.C. are there to do what we want them to do, for us and our country, instead of for themselves, their PACs and those with the biggest checkbooks.

    Understand that this is nothing more than a passing flirtation with consciousness from the American public, who does not know, does not want to know, and actually runs from any knowledge about how our government is supposed to work and how those they elect are supposed to serve us. But, it is SOMETHING.

    My feeling is that once all the hoopla is over with, and we go back to the status quo then the American public will return to sleep, and then things can return to 'normal' for Washington.

    There is a difference between swatting a fly while you're half asleep, and being fully awake, alert and ready to do something because you're house is on fire. Oh yes, the house *is* on fire, has been for a long time, but we haven't noticed that little fact yet, we're just swatting flies. Maybe though, just maybe, while we're awake enough to swat the flies, we'll notice the smell of smoke, and hear the flames licking at the foundations of our home, and get into action quickly enough to douse the flames of destruction before it's too late.

    You think maybe?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  133. Gary Carter

    Both parties have failed us.They are both tied into corporate greed and serve them not the people.Wall street gets bailed out on taxpayers money and mainstreet loses everything.Wake up people Republicans and democrats are in bed together at the top.We have to now bring in one or two more parties.We have been lied to and betrayed too long.Lets all rise against the sick greedy empire and make our voices count with our votes.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  134. xer0sum

    Here's my problem with this "revolution." Unless we're electing people who will bring change, then all we're doing is passing the potato to see who failure can be blamed on today. A democratic do-nothing is just as bad as a republican do-nothing.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  135. pete

    The message is that the Republican party is splitting in two – Neocons who pass a "purity test" and people who want to actually vote according to their own platform. Some point to Republican unity in voting as strength and focus – I am among those who think it is basically an unelected fascist cabal.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  136. Linda in Arizona

    Are all incumbents bad? I don't think so. You are way too simplistic with your thinking about this issue.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  137. Andrea from Gilbert, Arizona

    The message it sends is that Americans want term limits for Congress. 2 terms should all that is allowed, it gets them back into the private sector to see what we are all dealing with. Who is willing to write that law? It doesn't matter what party you're with, you've been there too long and we are not any better for it. Let's try some new blood!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  138. rocky krokus

    Why is it that republican conservatives vote exclusively for corporate interests and that's good? While democratic liberals vote exclusively for the little guy and that's not good? I say just get rid of ALL republicans!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  139. NM in NM

    Jack, it should tell incumbents that Americans are tired of the stalemate and partisanship that has begun to unravel the very fabric of our society. Unfortunately the message for many of these incumbents will probably be that they are losing their seats for not being conservative/liberal enough. The polarizing effects of the Becks and Moores of this world compounded with Big Business buy-outs will bring Washington to a grinding halt. What we need are moderates, not follow-the-line extremists. I can only hope that Americans will wake up before Washington is more polarized than ever.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  140. Ian from MN

    Getting ride of incumbants is fine, but not when the replacements are even worse partisans.
    What I'm seeing is middle of the road Republicans loosing to extremist republicans. Bennet lost to two more conservative challengers. Charlie Christ is willing to work across the aisle with Obama on a few things and he's kicked out of the Republican party for it.
    John McCain a man known for being a middle of the road guy and he has the potential to loose to a crazy right wing talk show host.
    Yes we need change in washington, but what is broken is the partisan bickering that takes place 24/7. Replacing moderates with extremists doesn't help that.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  141. Scott from Dallas

    Why are we excited that incumbents are being replaced by more polarized politicians.

    If incumbents are bad, extremists are horrific. The only thing that will change if less moderate people get elected is that violence will increase.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  142. Dick Vaughan, Albuquerque

    Jack,

    Maybe Washington will start listening to the American people instead of just having their fun in the good old boys club.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  143. Chryssa

    If this keeps up, moderate Republicans will sit on their hands on election day and we Democrats will clean house, again. The Tea Party's 15 minutes of fame is set to expire precisely on November 3rd at midnight.

    Boise, ID

    May 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  144. Kj`

    Jack I have been a Republican most of my life...

    I also believed in "Trickle Down", however I am the one that trickled down! All money rises, and it usually never comes back i.e. billionaires don't spend their billions. The GOP in my mind has NOT done their work and haven't for years. We all want CEO's to be responsible in their compensation packages, if so the GOP owes the public around 3 years in wages.

    With that said I am now leaning left.... Throw the incumbent GOP bums / the obstructionist out.

    We need to get to work and find solutions to this debt crises before this great nation is gone. Oh it can be done by either party, I just happen to think the Dems have a better chance of getting it done.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  145. Annie, Atlanta

    It tells me the tea party is destroying the GOP, with their permission, apparently. Incumbents need to go, but I personally don’t want to see the lunatic fringe of either party in Congress – ever.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  146. Bob L.

    I think they should all get to work on their resumes, it sounds like many of them will be in need of employment soon.

    Ontario, Canada

    May 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  147. John from San Antonio

    Hopefully Americans don't forget that sending politicians back to congress inevitably turns them into corporate lackey's. We do not have term limits but we can easily turn them out after one term if we remember we are Americans first and "Republicrats" second.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  148. Terry-Boca Raton, Florida

    Jack, the issue is not solved by throwing out the incumbents if their replacements are politically farther to the right or the left. The solution is to LIMIT terms to 2 four-year terms for Representatives and two six-year terms for Senators and then OUT. Perhaps without looking over their shoulders to elections our Congressman will work to do the people's business and do the RIGHT thing.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  149. tom

    i hope it tells them the middle class [or the people who actually work]in this country are fed up with the gov. giving our hard earned money to the people in this country that do not work.the free ride is over!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  150. Tom Battin

    Voting against someone just because she or he is an incumbent is ridiculous. One should at least have one policy position that she or he for or against. Voting simply anti-incumbent is as inane as voting for someone strictly for his or her ethnicity or religion

    May 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  151. Bil

    It sends a message that instead of thinking we are again acting out of anger and emotion. What unknows and unexperienced will be replacing these incumbents. We may get some more "cowboys" a la Busch. Be careful what you wish for.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  152. tom

    I plan to vote for the first time in 20 years and will vote against all incumbents regardless of party. Time to clean house.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  153. Jilli

    I wouldn't consider it a strong warning. After all, Bennett was ousted by 3,450 delegates many of who admit to being tea partiers (not the most rational or intelligent group) – is this really a true representation of the will of the party or population? I don't believe so – or should I say – I would hope not.

    Jilli
    Houston, TX

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  154. Ted

    CLUE: The message is clear: WE THE PEOPLE are the government, we elect people to Congress to represent OUR interests, not their own.

    Ted
    Peoples Republic of Maryland

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  155. Rob

    Jack what you are seeing has absolutely nothing to do with incumbents or throwing the bums out. It has everything to do with the religious right flexing their muscle and showing that 2008 was not a sign of them losing pull in the political realm or the overall public sector. I am sure you are smart enough to see that and are just using it to further your talking points on incumbents. I am sure you also see the future a year or two down the line where you can complain about those that end up elected for their radical right wingnut stupidity. I guess what is good for Jack's talking points does not have to be good for America.

    Rob
    South Bend IN

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  156. Bob Scott, NC

    Proves to me that both the Republicans and Democrats, BOTH US political parties are in danger of being voted OUT in toto! Maybe we should resort to TRUTH as being a qualification to being a politician? U tell me?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  157. kathy from phx,az

    As far as I am concerned it won't change a thing. They will just elect another jack ass and that doesn't mean that Mr. Bennett is one it's that nothing will change. It's all about politics and not for the people. It's about the left and the right and a few that say they are in the middle. A 5 year old could do a better job that most of Congress.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  158. matt martin

    Likely, this change in dynamics has more to do with the Tea Party variation on conservatism..than a message sent to the electorate in general. it seems to me at least, that the GOP is recreating itself in front of our eyes, one only hopes it manages to do so for the betterment of our country.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  159. sierra

    Yes Jack – we should kick out all the people who are knowledgeable of how to write legislation. Who the hel*l needs that ! We don't need people who actually know how to do their jobs of writing legislation - let's jsut hire the newbies – then we can spend two years complaining about how incompetent they are - right!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  160. Deb from Texas

    Jack,
    The status quo doesn't work anymore. "Change" didn't seem to work much either.... We want ACTION, HONESTY, TRANSPARANCY. A good healthy serving of American Patriotism, fiscal responsibility, and tough love wouldn't be half bad either.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  161. Mark in California

    Jack, as long as the Lobbyists continue to rule Washington, throwing out incumbents is a waste of time. Right or Wrong, we are a Capitalist society and money is God,and in Washington, money rules big time. America has lost it's soul to Money and I'm afraid we won't get it back.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  162. Art Sarasota fl

    Be not the first to vote for the new, nor the last to vote for the old.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  163. bud hand

    The message is clear and I support it 100%. It's time, past time, for the entrenched Senators to be voted out. They've had years to help create a more perfect union. Look at what it is now and what the Senate is like; so toxic that the entrenched members need to be removed and new members needed to be given a chance to help create a more perfect union. That can only be done at the ballot box.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  164. RickintheForest

    Jack – There is a very clear message here. Two actually. #1 – The Tea Party folks don't like anyone who favors or has supported big government, big deficits and activities that go beyond the limited enumerated powers granted to the government by the U.S. Constitution. #2 – Incumbents of any and all stripes ignore the Tea Party folks and others who think independently at their own peril.

    Many thinking people are beginning to favor term limits for politicians at all levels of government. The idea that public service is a "career" as Republican Senator Bob Bennett said this past weekend has simply got to cease. The whole concept is too incestuous. Family dynasties in politics are very likely to become a thing of the past in the very near future.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  165. john F

    Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat send the incumbent out! The bums are working for themselves, not the people the they represent. It is time that the people take their wrath to the polls in November. The incumbents should take heed to the Bennett departure, quit or be fired by the voters!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  166. Leonard Covello

    Jack, You sound smug as you cheer the loss of nomination by Sen Bob Bennett and you shout to "throw the bums out"! Maybe some bums need to be thrown out but shouldn't the choice be selective? Why is national law making THE occupation where job experience is DISqualifying? I am not a supporter of Bob Bennett's policies but he's probably a valid representative of his state. I *know* that my representative (Chris VonHolland) and two senators (Ben Cardin/Barbara Mikulski) do represent my district and state. They are experienced and qualified!

    Stop being empty and pompous. Get real!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  167. Gregory

    Every congressman serving now is responcible for our county's devastating debt. It appears from the record of meny years, that they are irresponcible and their main concern is their re-election. Their uncontrolled spending and the letting of American jobs to flee the country to places like China, India, Mexico and others is turning our Country into a third World country. 90% of them need to be fired. We need to demand that their benefits are trimed to half of what they are now. Demand that the terms of future congressmen are reduced to one term. Power has corrupted them.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  168. Matt from Munster, Indiana

    This serves as a warning to incumbents on both sides of the aisle that it is no longer okay to be a centrist. With Senator Bayh retiring and Senator Bennet without a chance in his primary, the days of moderates in the Senate are over. Unfortunately incumbents will need to polarize their views in order to keep their jobs.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  169. Sitting on the Fence

    It tells me that the far right wing that ACCEPTS their Social Security checks, Medicare and Medicade, and other government monies....does not understand the very terms they throw around like Socialism, big government, taxes, etc.
    This country will NEVER go totally to the right, or totally to the left. Compromise (yes even the liberals compromise) is the ONLY solution, or in 8 years the country will be too polarized to function.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  170. Christian Cueva

    The message wont matter, only the results will. And in this case it would mean a more republican congress that the one we have. Why? because Obama has not waved his magic wand to turn around the economy in just over a year. Amazing, after 8 years of republican control that brought us to the brink of a depression, lost respect in the world and a war against the fundamental civil liberties that this country holds dear, Americans yet again will vote to put republicans back in power. Pathetic, to say the least

    May 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  171. Sue

    It is so sad, he seems like a much better person than the one running against him. The same is true with Crist's and Mccain's seats. I think they are better canidates than the ones running against them too. It seems like our Country is getting too much like Germany in the 30's and 40's, ever since the tea party started spewing their crap. Jack don't follow Dobb's path, stay middle road. You can be for your party, but please don't try to get votes for anyone.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  172. Carlos in LA

    Jack, so you think that incumbency alone is reason enough to oust politicians and replace them with ideologues from the fringes of the political spectrum?

    There goes the last remaining shred of respect I had for you.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  173. Sean, St. Louis

    Just another item to check off on the far right's list of things to say "NO" to. If you aren't as far right as the base has become, you're gone.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  174. T.E.A. partier

    quite simply we have seen threw the two party lie. if you are subverting
    the nation with out of control spending then you need to go regaurdless
    of party affiliation. so all those who would say that the tea party is a republican effort need to wake up and see that we only care about how you vote in congress. you can talk all you want about what you will do for
    the nation but your voting record will speak for its self.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  175. Duane Coad - St.Petersburg Florida

    The government has set a very bad example by spending (both parties) more than they bring in and these old timers are getting the brunt of it. We are in debt up to our eyeballs yet we keep spending, creating new programs to "help" people when all it's going to do is hold this country back. Here's a novel idea, lets live within our means and stop all the entitlements. It’s making us fat and lazy………

    May 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  176. Ellen

    We will see if Utah is REALLY serious and get rid of Old Orrin Hatch. He along with many others have been in Congress way to long. Will the Republican party finally gets its wits about itself and can Orrin?

    I will certainly eat cake if that happens.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  177. Mike in Tampa

    I wouldn't put too much into this. So they kick out an ultraconservative because he is too liberal. Utah is slighly more centrist than... Iran. This should not come as a surprise.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  178. Dylan from Pennsylvania

    Jack, we can only hope that it tells them we're tired of politics as usual. We're sick of a minority voice controlling political parties and presenting us with these self interested, career politicians that are in bed with every major interest group or corporation they can find.

    When did America stop being about Americans, Jack? Anymore it feels like it's just about company profitibility. It's time for us to take it back and give people more rights than the special interests.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  179. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    There may be a "back-fire" awaiting...

    May 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  180. Will, MI

    Jack; getting rid of one incumbent in Utah isn't going to change anything. Getting rid of -every- incumbent in congress would still be only a small, symbolic, but ultimately empty victory for the American people. The -real- incumbents that need to be ousted aren't the individuals, but the parties themselves. Merely burning an effigy of a tyrant accomplishes nothing.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  181. Jim Blevins

    That people look at only surface facts and don't bother to understand what is really happening.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    May 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  182. Catherine Ives

    Hi Jack;

    I don't think "out with al the incumbents" is always a good message. In my opinion the loss of Sen Bennett it's not good for UT where I live because I don't happen to be a T Party fan. The other candidates are far right "heck no, no you don't" T Party types. They didn't like Bennett voting for Obama's stimulus plan. These folks want their police, teachers, medicare, medicaid, highways, student loans and other help which might come from federal government programs but don't want to pay their taxes. If that makes sense to you then you understand more than I do. I guess these folks must be hoping for Manna from heaven. Let's see how that goes for them.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  183. dan

    both parties have to be shown the door in mass this next election... if the past is the best they could have done then fresh people will probably do better... for the people by the people!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  184. Jill, Downingtown, PA

    Jack, it means "their life as they know it is over." And rightfully so. I don't think this is what Obama meant by Hope and Change. . .but it couldn't have come at a better time. The constituents have no other choice but to take the concept of Hope and Change into their own hands, because Obama has failed to provide a single change for the positive in the past year and a half. Our only hope now is to ditch Congress in 2010 and wait patiently for 2012.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  185. tank

    Bottom line is this. I think we want our leaders to lead. Not perpetually seek re-election. So,if they are unwilling to lead and make tough choices, we will try to find someone who might.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  186. Sotero

    Jack, your obsession with incumbents doesn't allow you to see clearly. Bennet lost not because he was an incumbent, he lost because he wasn't conservative enough. Ask the republicans in Utah. In the case of Specter, he has never showed he is a real democrat. Period. Remember, you cannot generalize. There are good incumbents on both sides. How about us saying that all journalits are like Beck or Limbaugh?. Would you be happy?. Are you going to have the guts of showing this message?. Maybe not.

    Sotero in Vancouver, Canada

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  187. walt jerrell

    Jack
    The message should be clear to both parties. Their underhanded deals and selling there vote to the highest bidder, have finally been noticed by the voters. Unfortunatly for all incumbants, they have "Woken the sleeping giant" as the Japonese did at Pearl Harbor.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  188. Ralph Spyer

    Why do you think Ron Paul stand out, or why Obama got elected. The American people wnat meaningfull change. Obama is now in bed with the wall street money men. Just look at his choice for treasury secretary, or to keep Paulson, why? The country is broken

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  189. manuel in az

    What's happening in Utah says that we are tired of any incumbent who simply goes through the motions. We need intelligence and leadership from all elected officials or they will be removed. We Americans have had enough of the footdragging by all levels of government.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  190. Andres Saenz(ABQ, NM)

    All incumbents will be ousted from Washington come November, both Dems and Repubs. The American people are absolutely sick and tired of the Obama administration force feeding things to us. The gov't is functioning against the collective will of the American people and against the Constitution.

    That's the message that Bennett's loss is sending to the incompetent incumbents of Washington

    May 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  191. Will

    Supposedly we have an anti-incumbent mood in this country right now, and that we all want to vote out sitting politicians. But Obama nominates someone to the Supreme Court, and people complain she doesn't have enough experience.

    So which is it? Does that really mean we want inexperienced lawmakers creating the law, but experienced judges interpreting it? I'd prefer we have experienced lawmakers as well as judges.

    It makes sense. When a pipe breaks, we want an experienced plumber. When the car breaks, we want an experienced mechanic. When it comes to government, why do we suddenly want the people who will write the laws regulating these people (and all the rest of us) to be complete neophytes?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  192. Sue, Tallahassee, Florida

    T'row da bums out...and install more obstructionist right wing wackos? Yeah, sure Jack, that'll move the country forward.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  193. Rebecca

    I agree with Matt in NY. Now that Bennett is off the ticket, I can vote for a Republican in the Senate race. I'm going to have to look at another party for the House.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  194. sgg - Nashua, NH

    after reading all the other comments, I think the Dems are loosing it. This action in Utah deals only with the illegal immigration issue. We want Washington to listen. Those that don't will be replaced. Repub or Dem, they will be replaced. The Health Reform vote will do in most of the dem incumbents. The repubs who supported Tarp and citizenship for illegals will be replaced as well. Follow the bouncing ball. These responding dems just don't get it.

    SGG

    May 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  195. zak41

    Its a good thing we need to vote all of the incumbents out .It should not matter which party they belong to they are all corrupt.
    lets have a vote on terms for these guys that they cannot serve more than 2 terms these guys have a mentality that the seat belongs to them for life it should not be the case there has to be term limits just like retirement for us guys same should be for them.its fair the president serves for 2 terms and so should these senators 2 and no more.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  196. Happyfrenchman

    Message to incumbents? I doubt it. It is the right wing reactionaries committing party suicide. They have a huge sense of entitlement. They will toss perfectly responsible politicians to install their tin foil hatters. i

    May 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  197. john lane

    I hope a few dems get the boot as well, they can start with carl levin in
    michigan. and if they have any mojo left durbin of ilinois needs to be retired.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  198. AZ Dem

    It should be a warning to all parties. I'm fed up with them all Repub and Dems alike.

    I never vote by party, (IMO it's just flat stupid. Keep going by pary and you end up with the same jerk in the office.) I'll vote for the one that I feel with to the better job and will care for the State, and Nation that they represent. None of them have been doing that lately.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  199. Kevin

    Don't think it's a message per se to incumbents – think the all (regardless of party) understand this will be a tough season. I do think it's a wake up call for the GOP who are falling over themselves to purge moderates or conservatives who don't 100% echo the misguided views of the Tea Party.

    They'll regret pandering to this crowd... all it does is weaken the GOP, and make it that much easier for Dems to exploit the internal fractures.
    Thank you very much.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  200. Simon/Orlando

    Both Democrat and Republican congressmen should take this as a big wake up call. If you don't listen to what your voters want, they will cancel your ticket to the big show.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  201. Fred Dobbs

    The GOP will crank up the old hate and fear machine. Conservatives love blaming and hating anything liberal and they will do what their GOP masters tell them to do. The GOP has no solutions and no plan to do anything but line their own pockets. Conservatives, including teabaggers, generally can't think on their own and they will fall into the party line come 2012.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  202. Jeff

    Actually Jack, many other Incumbents won their primaries against "tea party" candidates. But don't let the truth stop you from making false claims that one data point represents a trend.

    Perhaps he lost because he held unemployment benefits hostage for his own pet projects.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  203. Tim from Mishawaka, IN

    Ousting the incumbent is a good idea. But it is the current political system that is corrupt. Born and bread from the days of the Rockefellers and big business, we the people, stands for Us the rich and few. Obama was supposed to be about change, but he got sucked into the current system, and his legacy will be one of stagnation, higher taxes, and no real jobs.....too little, too late.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  204. Tom

    Terms limits in Washington, the President can only hold office for 2 terms, why not congress.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  205. Bristoll

    Bye-Bye Incumbents.

    Hello, Term Limits!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  206. Rob K

    Wow...The thread started with alot of Right/Conservative bashing...Did any of you that did that actaully read the article?? There are Democrats that are in position to lose their seats too...OMG NOO!!
    EVERY incumbant has the chance of losing......

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  207. Allen Lancaster Ohio

    Hi Jack,

    So the question really is: Do you think that the people that they are replacing the incumbents with are better qualified, more intelligent or for some, just better at sucking up?

    Someone still has been unable to define exactly what "conservative" means in this country.....ask any "tea-bagger" and you will get dozens of answers ranging from "religious" to "libertarian". I'm still scratching my head on how the Republicans thought this "movement" was going to put them back into office.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  208. David in Los Angeles

    The voters are caught between a rock and a hard place....especially in the House. Everyone agrees that Congress is a mess and that incumbents are the problem....but not OUR guy or gal (in the House.) S/He lives in our neighborhood, they go to our church, our kids play soccer together, she bakes pie for the rummage sale, and he buys his suits in my shop. They are the okay guys....it's everyone else in the House that suck. So....the incumbents keep getting re-elected. Hope it changes in November.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  209. Alex, Escondido, Ca

    The activists in Republican party complain that the Democratic congress pass bills without republican support but if any republican congressman or senator attempts to work with his democratic colleagues he branded a traitor by his party and punished. What is means is that congress will be come more divided with members less willing to work across the aisle.
    Compromise has become a dirty word. Benjamin Franklin said that Compromise doesn't make Heros but it is good for democracy. We need fewer heros but unfortunately the electorate are demanding heros.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  210. Bristoll

    Oh, and @Will:

    If the plumber is fixing the pipes while he's raiding your jewelery box, is he still a plumber?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  211. Peter

    The message is that it's time to brush up the resume. However most will find they have no skills to get another job. They only know how to talk a good game - not carry out a good game

    May 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  212. Chaney, La.

    While I am unhappy with Congress as a whole, I certainly dont want a knee jerk reaction to lead us to vote in extremes, and I am concerned that the TP,s are too hard nosed, intolerant, and bigoted to suit me.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  213. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    These guys had better get use to being kicked to the curb mid terms is coming .

    May 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  214. geezer

    The message is that the people in this country are fed up with the lying & deception from Washington.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  215. sunsohot

    extreme right or extreme left, either one will promote extreme unrest in this country; find a place at near right or near left or even near middle, the unrest will continue, it just won't be so extreme....
    sun so hot in Southern California

    May 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  216. Jerry

    I am voting to oust all incumbents whether they have been there one term or 10.

    I really don't care who the opponents are but they at least are not poisoned by government service. It is not possible for a newcomer to do a worse job than an incumbent.

    Vote them all out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  217. Brian Coles

    The message???: If you are a RINO, you get ridden, shot and buried. Next, we hunt down and thrash America-hating stinking lib DemoNcrats–especially the Chicago thug species and the limousine liberals.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  218. Mike S., New Orleans

    You can put a teabag on a Republican, but they're still a Republican.
    Same wolf, different sheep's clothing.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  219. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    voting out of anger or making decision out of anger does nothing good and it will not give us more of what we as voters want!

    The more we vote out the incumbents because they are incumbents the more we will get people with more left and more right views elected instead of getting people who can show common sense and compromise! So my point is just let's be smart about our duty to vote in full consciousness because voting everybody out will not move us in any welcome direction as we will be more divided as a country and it sure will not serve the people and the nation! This is why this congressman was not selected because he is not enough to the right! I mean c'mon! Everybody has a different definition and opinion of what is someone too much to the left or too much to the right on any issues given and it serves no one! We have to take our vote seriously and consider all the weight of our vote! Take great care Jack!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  220. steve

    When are we changing the Cafferty File to the Communist File?
    You can all tremble trying to interpret the fact that the Republicans are putting their money where their mouth is. This column is flooded with fear that the conservative electorate is about to throw the posters socialist revolution out on its head.
    As for the comment about splitting the conservatives in this country, what a dimwitted notion. I guess the fact that we have primaries has slipped your radar screen. No one will vote for this adminstration again.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  221. jeff jackson, alabama

    Do you really think you would have said
    it's a wonderful thing if he had been a
    democrat ? Your true colors are shining
    again, Jack.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  222. Mark

    The problem is not just with incumbents. The problem is with career politicians. If we oust one incumbent only to replace him with a horse of the same color from a lower political office, we've done nothing more than given that position a face-lift. We need to oust the politicians, and replace them with people interested in genuine change. The change we need is not necessarily a change in WHAT we do, but a change in HOW we do it – we need to go back to a system where our elected leaders truly govern and get things DONE. For example, we need to go back to a system where those in office work together on EVERY bill, to get the RIGHT solution, rather than filibustering everything the opposing party tries to accomplish. The idea that if the Democrats hold 60 seats in the Senate they must therefore have a filibuster-proof majority makes the toxic assumption that because one is a Democat, then one will necessarily vote to reject a Republican filibuster.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  223. Benjamin in D.C.

    The message is that we want someone equally incompetnet, only younger and more ideologically rigid.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  224. Jon

    I don't really understand the fascination with throwing out incumbents. Incumbents are replaced by people, no better or worse than the people they're replacing, usually. Then, next election, you've got a whole new batch of incumbents to throw out. Seems like a pretty shallow angle to take on politics. Keep the good people and throw out the bad, incumbent or not.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  225. Lynn from Utah

    Having been at the Utah Rep. Convention last Saturday, the message was clear.
    And it should be for the rest of the nation;
    If anything about a candidate smacks of "Good ol' Boy" Washington Club, or the same ol' game, they've had it, they are done.
    The message included the need for REAL change, Constitutional change. The legislative branch should legislate and rein in the other 2 branches of government. Period. NOT spend what they don't have, and NOT let a mis-guided President, run over them or the American people. Also, that federal socialist policies and programs are NOT welcome nor will they be tolerated.
    It is a message for incumbent and newcomer alike.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  226. Robert W, North carolina

    The message is "yes we want change but good change only". Obama started the change ball rolling but can he stop it from rolling the other way? We shall see in Nov.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  227. Mike From Mass.

    Throw all the bums out republican and democrat ,they have all become corrupted by the system . They do not care what the people want, all they care about is there cronies.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  228. JiminNM

    Vote for the person you believe will best represent America as a patriot. Voting for the lesser of two evils is wasting your vote. Bad people get elected by the people that vote for them, not by the people that vote for a patriot who doesn't win. Repubs and Dems are both controlled by the same puppet masters and equally bad for America.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  229. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    don't let the door hit ya on the backside when you leave. While many incumbents are in jeopardy, I think the shockers are the repugs or independents that will be ousted when their terms are up (Joe L – are you listening?)

    May 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  230. James cash

    I am voting to oust all long term incumbents.Both parties need to be on Notice.
    Some Dems think this will split the Republican party, more Dems will be thrown out in Nov then Republicans...

    Voter Rage is here ...

    May 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  231. ValerieNYC

    Well Jack, it goes to show us all that this isn't just about incumbent Democrats. People are fed up with congress, regardless of party period. I hope that our officials wake up and see this as a lesson to stop all the corruption, the blockages and stalling, and the stagnant behavior done in favor of political gain.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  232. amigay

    From Ft Lauderdale, FL – Until you take money and lobbyists out of the equation, you won't see a d**n thing change. All this talk of ousting incumbents is just a lot of hot air because all that will replace them is the same or worse. It wouldn't hurt to have an informed electorate either. As I paraphrase what HL Mencken once said "no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the plain people."

    May 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  233. TK

    The message is for "pro government intrusion" politicians more than incumbants. People are terrified of the overreach of the Obama administration and don't like that the solution to every problem seems to be bigger government. When Obama said he was going to "re-make" america, I don't think most people took it literally. He meant it. So any politician that wants to put power back into the hands of the people is going to do well this year.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  234. michael

    I you think this is splintering the republican party you are way off base. No way a Tea Bagger will vote for a Dem over a Republican, no way!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  235. Virgil Wilson

    It better send all incumbants a message that we are tired of their crooked, B.S. politics. It is time for people to represent us, the citizens of the country, not the lobbiest and the highest bidder for their votes.
    We seriously need term limits on Congress.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  236. abraham

    jack,
    " you can put lipstick on the pig, but it is still pig"
    thank you

    May 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm |