May 19th, 2010
02:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Borger: Elections show a brawl ahead for incumbents

(CNN) - No doubt about it, all those angry voters out there - on the right, on the left and in the center - can wake up today with a sense of accomplishment. The insiders were, by and large, ousted.

The outsiders are a step closer to victory. In Pennsylvania and Kentucky, the establishment was routed; in Arkansas, the moderate Democratic incumbent could not win outright and faces a tough runoff.

The political world has been mowed down by a Mack truck.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    And it will get worse –

    WE voted for change from the 8 year worship of oil and the wealthy corporations in this country - it takes time.

    May 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    The republicans will vote against everything, as usual, to protect their corporate buddies.

    They also yell the loudest about illegals, but won't help do anything about it.

    Then there's national security- they keep blocking key appointments, never allowing them to come up for vote.

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DECLARED JIHAD ON THE USA.

    May 19, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Instead of managing America's tax dollars, the Obama administration and the Pelosi/ Reid congress seems to think their job is to just give them away. Instead of managing the issues facing the country, the Democratic Party through it's majority in congess and it's administration have just dictated their will on the issues, regardless of what the American people or their representatives in congress say.

    American voters are not the uneducated, short-term memory, short-term thinking fools the Democratic political advisors must be saying we are. Voters will demand leaders that manage the resources and listen to the population on the issues. That is what the message will be from the results in November and in 2012.

    May 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Mike

    Not all incumbents but liberals will mostly be sent home along with any Republicans who supported nobamby and the liberals on their out of control spending.

    May 19, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Boycott Rush`s Sponsors

    Good,let the rumble begin.

    May 19, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare It Will Be His Waterloo

    Lincoln is a RepubloCrat. Halter is a main-stream progressive and Arkansas best hope of keeping the seat in the Demcratic party.

    These elections showed that the GOP is tacking farther to the right and the Democrats are voting for real democrats.

    May 19, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Michael from Ventura

    The MAC Truck has "CHANGE" written on it's side. Glad to see we Progressives were out in force to counter the baggers. Loved the PA results and Arkansas results!

    May 19, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Hammerer

    The voters want CHANGE!
    Obama promised change and hope.
    The change that he delivered is government take over and that is not what we expected. But what can a person expect from a package marketed byn the media. No one really knows anything about Obama. Everything that the media claims to be true about is all hearsay. Nothing presented to be fact about Obama has come from Obama or from people that claim to have known him in the past. There are no records open to the public or the press to verify any statement as being true.
    No birth records, no life history records, no education records, nothing only unsubstantiated chatter.
    A marketing job by the media that sold a fake product.

    May 19, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Joan

    Not really. The idea that there is so much anger out there, that the Tea Party has so much power and that everyone wants the incumbants out has been so overblown by the media. I guess it makes for good stories. It is all about local issues and how good the candidates are. If you vacation around the country you would see that people are generally not angry at all and don't know what all the fuss is about. The Republicans have a lot more to worry about than the Democrats. They are the ones who have been seen as the party of NO and have done nothing but obstruct, criticize and try to keep the Democrats from doing their best job. At least the Democrats kept you from going into a depression and have lists of things they have done to help the middle class. The Republicans didn't get Murtha's seat like they were so sure they would even with the Tea Party, McConnell, Cheney, etc. Sen. Specter has had a long, distinguished career but he would have had a hard time against Toomey which ever party he was in. Sestak has a much better chance of beating Toomey. The Tea Party may have helped get Paul the candidacy but he is so eccentric on many issues that he will be a fragile general election candidate. Don't count Sen. Lincoln out. When the voters who voted for the third candidate vote again they are closer to her philosophy than her rival. Why do all of you pundits get so worked up, exaggerate and speculate so much? Take a deep breath, let the voters decide and see how it turns out. Then report the outcomes and stories, don't make the stories.

    May 19, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Joan

    No, not really. The idea that there is so much anger out there, that the Tea Party has so much power and that everyone wants the incumbants out has been so overblown by the media. I guess it makes for good stories. It is all about local issues and how good the candidates are. If you vacation around the country you would see that people are generally not angry at all and don't know what all the fuss is about. The Republicans have a lot more to worry about than the Democrats. They are the ones who have been seen as the party of NO and have done nothing but obstruct, criticize and try to keep the Democrats from doing their best job. At least the Democrats kept you from going into a depression and have lists of things they have done to help the middle class. The Republicans didn't get Murtha's seat like they were so sure they would even with the Tea Party, McConnell, Cheney, etc. Sen. Specter has had a long, distinguished career but he would have had a hard time against Toomey which ever party he was in. Sestak has a much better chance of beating Toomey. The Tea Party may have helped get Paul the candidacy but he is so eccentric on many issues that he will be a fragile general election candidate. Don't count Sen. Lincoln out. When the voters who voted for the third candidate vote again they are closer to her philosophy than her rival. Why do all of you pundits get so worked up, exaggerate and speculate so much? Take a deep breath, let the voters decide and see how it turns out. Then report the outcomes and stories, don't make the stories.

    May 19, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    aren't the "BUMS" we're supposed to be voting out some of the same "BUMS" we voted in when we voted the last "BUMS" out? I am starting to think it is we the people more responsible for this mess than the ones we put in office. We don't like the Republicans so we vote them out...then we don't like the Democrats so we vote them out. It's a neverending saga that goes on and and on. Once this Tea Party fever wears out and these folks don't deliever either we'll be ready to vote them out as well just wait.

    May 19, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ousting incumbents is one thing but I'm not hearing any policy from the incoming. People may be angry right now but when they find out what they've really voted for isn't what they expected.

    May 19, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    We're sick of the corporations and their lobbyists in the halls of Congress, and we're sick of our representation in the pockets of said corporations. I don't see why this is such a surprise. After 8 years of giving these guys all our treasure, letting them write the laws that fill their coffers at our expense, we're finallyy waking up. And it's about time, too.

    May 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |