The problem with "throw the bums out" is that voters need an alternative. It's not unlike choosing a consumer good. If Brand A stinks, Brand B just got crappy, and there's no Brand C or D, you're kind of stuck. The '06 brand alternative was the Democratic House. The '08 alternative was Obama and an even more Democratic Congress. The '10 alternative was the Tea Party. Who is happy with those alternatives now?
I know the Ron Paul people think that he's the alternative this time, but
I'm not buying it for a variety of reasons.
What I hope is that maybe, finally, we'll get some centrists back.
Ideally, I'd like: fiscally realistic, wanting to gradually reduce the
deficit starting now; socially modern; politically open to
bipartisanship. I live in Massachusetts, and I've been happy with Scott
Brown, probably for the same reasons the Tea Party consider him a
I'd like to see centrists on both the Republican and Democratic sides and especially in the House. The
Democrats may think the electorate will turn to them, but they also have a lot to apologize for, the first being their
avoidance of the deficit issue.
Does anyone else think this is a possibility? If centrists aren't the alternative this time, I hate to think what-on-earth will be.