Mid-term elections are normally snoozers. But the rules may be different this year. A perfect storm of voter anger over scandal, high energy prices and the war could spell trouble for incumbents and possibly even cost President Bush his congressional majorities.
Lieberman's primary defeat indicates many Americans are fed up with the war in Iraq. McKinney's loss shows that voters have no patience with egocentric elected officials. DeLay and Ney are ethical rats scurrying to jump ship before voter disgust sinks their party.
All of these developments may be bad for incumbents but healthy for the body politic.
If this indeed turns out to be the year of political discontent, so be it. Elections are for sending messages. And sometimes the only message they seem to hear up in the D.C. Swamp is "Your services are no longer required."
- Ledger editorial, Aug 11, 2006