FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
As the recession drags on, there's a real possibility that the sagging economy could spell trouble for incumbent politicians. Take New Jersey, for example:
Democratic New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine trails his Republican opponent in a hypothetical match up.
A Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters shows Democratic Governor Jon Corzine - who is up for re-election in November - trailing his likely Republican challenger Chris Christie by nine points in a hypothetical match up.
That's up from a six-point margin last month; and Corzine is behind despite the fact that 61 percent of those surveyed say they don't even know enough about Christie.
Half of all voters disapprove of the job Corzine is doing; and 53 percent say he doesn't deserve to be re-elected. In this climate, it probably doesn't help Corzine that he has a Wall Street background.
And Corzine's not the only one. The Dallas Morning News writes that the recession could play a key role in next year's re-election campaign of Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican.
Perry has been very bullish on the economy, taking credit whenever things go well. With job losses expected to peak in Texas right around the primaries, Perry might have a lot of explaining to do.
As one expert puts it: "Bad economies are bad for incumbents. He can't claim he wasn't in office when the economy went bad. He's been there for a decade."
Here’s my question to you: Will the recession make you less likely to vote for incumbents?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Yes, it's going to make me vote for the ouster of all those Republican do-nothings who got us into this mess, did nothing about it, and then tried to sabotage everything our president and this Congress have tried to rectify their wrongs. The Grand Old Pussyfooters had their chance and they blew it royally.
Susan from Tuscaloosa, Alabama writes:
No. I never voted for them anyway. I'd sooner vote for Mickey Mouse than my "incumbents" – Dick Shelby and Jeff Sessions. Need I say more?
Sam from Atlanta writes:
Jack, I don't need a recession to change my mind. It's just time for all career politicians to retire or find new professions and stop claiming how they are 'serving the people' who put them in office! The list is lengthy of those wasting space in D.C. and sucking up taxpayers’ money!
Damon from Salisbury, North Carolina writes:
Didn't we just do that? I say give 'em a couple of years and then I can give you a solid answer.
Agnes from Scottsdale, Arizona writes:
Jack, The recession will double my efforts to unseat John McCain and Senator Kyle from Arizona. We love our congressman Harry Mitchell plus the other members of the Arizona congressional delegation.
If I could vote against Pelosi or Reid, I'd be more than happy to. Other than that, I prefer it that Democrats are in control.
In Idaho, they don’t get voted out. They have to be caught playing happy feet in men’s rooms and then they resign. Keep in mind here, folks keep voting the same way and pray for different results.