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Anti-Incumbent? Try Anti-Obama
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-10-20 | FRED BARNES

Posted on 05/19/2010 5:27:25 PM PDT by GOP_Lady

Serious Democratic analysts concede it's their party that's facing trouble in the fall.

The hordes are not massing at the gates of Washington—not yet. They won't arrive until after the midterm congressional election in November. Most are likely to be Republicans, a good number of them old Washington hands. Yesterday's primary elections, including the impressive victories of Republican Rand Paul in Kentucky and Democrat Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania, didn't change that.

The idea that anti-incumbent fever, striking equally at Democrats and Republicans, is the defining feature of the 2010 election is as misguided as last year's notion that President Obama's oratory would tilt the nation in favor of his ambitious agenda. Yet the media, echoing the Obama White House, has adopted anti-incumbency as the all-purpose explanation of this year's political developments.

Their latest (supposed) evidence: Mr. Sestak's ouster of incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter. But incumbency, though it played a part, wasn't the main reason Mr. Specter (who switched parties from Republican to Democrat last year) lost. After voting against the 80-year-old Mr. Specter in five elections dating back to 1980, a majority of Democratic voters in Pennsylvania couldn't bring themselves to vote for him yesterday. They didn't trust him.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barnes; elections; obama; wsj

1 posted on 05/19/2010 5:27:26 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: 506Lake; AdvisorB; antivenom; angry elephant; Blonde; BornToBeAmerican; boxlunch; brivette; ...

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2 posted on 05/19/2010 5:28:06 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady
From the article:

The most important political event of the week may have been the revelation that the Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut, the state's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, had falsely claimed to be a Vietnam veteran. That gives a Republican a chance to win in Connecticut, too—and even a Senate majority.

Dare we dream?

3 posted on 05/19/2010 5:46:03 PM PDT by LoveUSA (What are we waiting for?)
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To: GOP_Lady

Obama has zero political clout. The Scott Brown was the first clue.

4 posted on 05/19/2010 5:48:09 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: GOP_Lady
Here is Google Trends for the word incumbent. The MSM managed to get by without the word in 2006 (since anti-Republican was so handy), but since 2008 incumbent has become increasingly indispensable for some reason.

5 posted on 05/19/2010 5:49:05 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: GOP_Lady

Anti - Obozo. Yes I am against the Pantywaist Pissant Poreschooler whom wears nappies (diapers - keep in mind he is a British subjest, so he would be wearing nappies). the ass needs to just resign and the usa needs to arrest the sob, put in a jail for the rest of his unnatural life.

6 posted on 05/19/2010 6:05:46 PM PDT by hondact200 ( Lincoln Freed the Enslaved. Obama Enslaves the Free. Obama is Americas Greatest Threat)
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To: LoveUSA

We can dream, but it’s hard to find a way for Pubbies to get to 10 unless this Blumenthal refuses to give it up, Boxer loses in CA (CA is so blue, I can’t see that happening) or Rossi jumps in against Murray in WA.

8 is very possible, but getting to 10 requires some great strokes of luck, which aren’t out of the question in the next few months.

7 posted on 05/19/2010 6:35:49 PM PDT by randita (Visit for a list of vulnerable DEM and must hold GOP House seats.)
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To: NavyCanDo
More correctly, Obama has negative political clout.

And this makes me smile. :)

8 posted on 05/20/2010 6:41:15 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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