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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
After months of taking a beating, the Democratic party finally got some much-needed good news in yesterday's primaries.
The biggest victory came in Colorado, where Michael Bennet, the candidate backed by President Obama and the party establishment, won handily. After backing several candidates who went on to lose this primary season, the president may have needed this win more than anyone.
Yet, as Politico reports, the best news for the Democrats may have actually come from the Republicans' results – with the GOP nominating candidates who are either vulnerable or plagued by gaffes and scandal.
Take for example, Ken Buck who will face off against Bennet in Colorado. He was backed by the Tea Party but opposed by much of the national GOP leadership. Running against a woman, he was caught on tape saying he should be elected because he doesn't wear high heels. Moron.
In Connecticut, Republicans nominated Linda McMahon for the senate race whose main claim to fame is a big bank account and a past association with professional wrestling.
In Minnesota, Republicans chose Tom Emmer, who is off to a rocky start after suggesting the minimum wage be altered to take tips into account.
And in Nevada, Harry Reid has actually pulled ahead in the polls after his Republican opponent has repeatedly shot herself in the foot by saying one stupid thing after another.
Yesterday's primaries also raise questions about whether the whole narrative of the 2010 elections is true. The anti-incumbent, angry electorate ready to dump insiders may not be the case after all.
While Congress' approval rating remains in the toilet – 19 percent according to Gallup's latest poll – the people who make up that Congress continue to be re-nominated.
Here’s my question to you: Is this year's anti-incumbent fever for real?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Brent in Cleveland, Ohio says:
I think the "anti-incumbent fever" is exaggerated. There's a small group of very noisy Tea Partiers who seem more numerous and important than they really are, but I think this will be a pretty typical midterm election. The party in power always loses seats, and this year will be no different, but it won't be a blow-out like some pundits predict.
Karl in San Francisco says:
No, Jack, everyone hates Congress as a group, to varying degrees, but most of us love our representatives individually and will re-elect them again and again. I live in San Francisco and will vote for Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein. I'd vote out Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and Kyle, but that isn't my prerogative. I'm sure their constituencies love them and dislike my representatives.
Nancy in St. Louis says:
I believe it is true. The American people have had front row seats over the last several months on how the Congress and Senate operate. No one can come away feeling those leaders truly deserve to be there. More and more Americans are seeing the tactics that make one wonder who these leaders are working for – it certainly is not the American people. Bring in the personal indiscretions these people have gotten by with for years and I believe the majority of Americans do want the majority of the Congress and Senate replaced.
Dee in New Paris, Indiana says:
I think everyone is sort of anti-incumbent, no matter what the party of the incumbent. I think people are just sick of the politicians who make a career of running for office, thanking their supporters with favors, and then running for office again. I just do not think this is what our Founding Fathers had in mind.
Chaney in Louisiana says:
Not in Louisiana it aint. We will vote David (DC Madam) Vitter back in office. Some states are smarter than others, I guess.
Paul in Florida says:
This piece was written by a man working on getting Robert Gibbs' job. Good luck, Jack. You've got the slant down to an art form.