(CNN) - Tuesday's primary contests will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test as voters choose between incumbents and anti-establishment candidates.
The races come in the wake of some tough blows to sitting lawmakers: Sen. Bob Bennett, a three-term senator, failed to advance at the Utah GOP convention, and Rep. Alan Mollohan didn't win over fellow Democrats in last week's West Virginia primary.
Leaders of both parties agree - it's a tough year for experienced politicians.
"There is no question. There is, at this moment, an anti-incumbent mood," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. And House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, warned, "It's 'politicians beware.' "
"Experienced politicians" or "corrupt politicians"?
Boehner, you're history.
I'm voting for my incumbent Senator because he's doing a great job for my state and our country. His experience and committee seniority are a great benefit to us.
Not voting for someone simply because he/she is an incumbent is exactly the kind of knee-jerk, unthinking, emotional over-reaction the GOP and Fox and others who have stirred up anti-incumbent sentiment are counting on!
If after careful consideration of the issues you don't like your incumbent Representative or Senator – fine.
But if you're just going all just because someone told you to – well, you and your state get all the misery you deserve!
There is definitely an anti Nancy Pelosi mood in this town.
Actually, it's the people who listen to CNN and other cable news networks that THINKS they're putting the incumbents on the line. More than half the people I know do vote – have no idea the incumbents are 'on the line' and are also NEVER polled!!! We shall see!!
Obama has ruined it for all the dems. They are going to be swept out of office faster than ever....
For once let's all stick together
and put all the incumbents out
on their butts.
Republicans and Democrats
should all vote out the CAREER
POLITICIANS this next round.
If anyone doesn't ,you should
be ashamed to ever write in to this
site to complain again !!!
It is beyond my comprehension how any intelligent, concerned American can support a republican incumbent. Their obstruction this past year, giving their undying support to big business, Wall St over the welfare of the American people, is additional proof they are not representative of us.
Their win at any cost, fear mongering, lying, sewer tactics, lack of integrity and honor has made them a disgrace for our country and the political system,
They have lost sight of what they were elected to do and are well on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists. We cannot survive their making decisions about our survival.
And before all of you Rabid Righties get all giddy with anti-incumbent fever, please try to remember that All incumbents running in the mid-terms are not Democrats some are Republicans. The latest poll shows that Democrats now have a SLIGHT edge of Republicans with the majority of Americans. Just sayin'.
Message to Tan Man Boehner: You Beware!!!
CNN aka Fixed News. When will CNN begin to report real news. Specter in trouble. Why not say the Republican is in trouble since there is a tie. At least Fox has gone public with their lies. CNN you are the worst.
I am wondering why experienced politicians are taken as a bad thing. Is it not experience which enables a person to carry his work efficiently??
Washington, along with all of its politicians and lobbyists, is a broken and corrupted governmental institution. Public service is extinct...it now matters only how you can spin matters of policy and public exposures, whether past, present or future. There is no longer any sense of true accountability in executive or legislative performance.
Simply continue to pay our already high, and increasing, federal and state taxes, assessments, and fees....while distracting and numbing ourselves with meaningless sporting events, video games, and the latest techno inventions!
It is time for the incumbent to go
Webster's definition of incumbent is an obstructionist which clearly defines Republicans.
Term Limits are the answer.
I think Jeff Jackson, alabama is right. But, the problem is that people in Rural areas and small towns will continue to vote for the same old politician in hopes the politician will finally come through with taking money from the rest of us who work hard and at any job, all hours in Metropolitan cities and share it with them so they don't have to leave their peace and quite homes.
Incumbents in both parties need to go. They have sucked the American people dry building up retirements and medical care for themselves while neglecting the people who voted to send them to Washington. People like Pelosi, Reid, McConnell and Boehner need to be the first sent sliding out. New leadership is needed. There are no true leaders for either party that are stepping forward. I am a new Republicans and I would hope that my new party doesnt think that Sarah Palin is our future. If that is so, we are in for a rude awakening.
So, for conservatives 'non-experienced representatives' are considered preferable to 'experienced' ones.... and yet, Obama's 'lack of experience' is a bad thing. For liberals, 'experienced' representatives are better, but Obama's 'lack of experience' is good. American public – you confuse me!!!!
John Boehner, R-Ohio, warned, "It's 'politicians beware.' "
Then Boehner pointed at himself and said:
"That means you John Boehner! You politician, you! You better beware!"
It's about time they got the message.
Good. We need new blood in our disfunctional Congress. We need politicians to to start representing people not political parties.
Listen people – most Americans are idiots!! No one has a mind of their own. We're a country of trends. We use to hate Republicans and Bush because it was the IN thing. We voted for Democrats and a black President because it was the IN thing. Now we hate him and we're trying to find ways in which we can make G. Bush look like a decent president. Now we're beginning to hate Democrats and Obama because CCN, FOX News, MSNBC, etc says they're bad for america. My God people think! Give Obama a chance and never ever forget how bad Bush was! I won't even chime in on the whole Immigration issue. Just use your heads and stop being so easily influenced!
Doesn't matter WHO you vote for! Once they get to Washington they ALL wear the same coat of "self interest"!
The time to clean up both The House and the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.
Fire All incumbents!
Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"
Politicians that are spending 3 times more than the government takes in, takes over the healthcare system in this country and wants to dictate to the American people what THEY think is best for them, BEWARE! You're getting the BOOT!!
Sounds like all the DemocRATS fit this bill.