Yesterday’s primary elections revealed an interesting irony.
Midterm primaries generally predominately attract party activists. And this year it brought out the anti-Washington, “throw the bums out” crowd in droves. Pandering to this bunch, the primary candidates adopted a “populist” stance and repeating “I will fight for you” and “I will stand up against the Washington establishment” along the campaign trail. The campaign commercials nastily, and often fraudulently, berated their primary opponent. Party purity was the litmus test. The consequence was that the far right or left candidates won. Should these candidates win in the general, partisanship will be the rule of the day. We won’t see much working across the aisle. And we’ll continue to be subjected to the bickering, slandering, whining and non-stop infighting that has become part of the Washington culture.
Now think back to the 2008 election. Time after time it was reported that the voting public was sick of the partisanship, bickering, slandering, whining and non-stop infighting. They wanted Congress to work together to solve the problems we as a nation faced.
Two years, two very different electorate sentiments.