May 11th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
12 years ago

How strong is anti-incumbent fever?

Washington (CNN) - Common wisdom suggests that Americans' anger toward government, seen through protests and polling, will lead to high voter turnout in the primaries and a bucking of both party's incumbents and establishment favorites.

But is that necessarily the case?

"While Republicans in certain primaries have these problems, when November comes it's not going to be about incumbency, it's going to be about who's running the country," said Stuart Rothenberg, publisher and editor of "The Rothenberg Political Report."

Rothenberg, who closely follows House and Senate races, noted that the focus in midterms will be "anti-Democratic."

But the recent race for the GOP primary in Utah indicates that getting to the top will not be so easy for incumbent Republicans, either.

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  1. Four and The Door

    It's not difficult to figure out. Obama campaigned on promises that he had all of the answers to the economic problems, to make the world love America again and to reach across the aisle and work together. None of that happened, did it? And then the Democratic congress granted him every wish on his list passing huge spending programs and doing it against strong Republican opposition. The results have been almost perfectly terrible. November and then in 2012 Americans will not ignore these results. It's not an incumbant thing, it absolutely is a Democratic Party thing. They do not listen to Americans and they do not know how to fix anything.

    May 11, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Ben

    If the incumbent is a Republican, then my anti-incumbent fever is very strong.

    May 11, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Larry

    People are fed up with career politicians who are being paid by taxpayers and getting their pockets padded by special interests.

    Special interests are writing the laws for this country now.

    These politicans were sent to Washington to represent the needs of their constituents. All they're doing is getting wealthy by bowing down to special interest needs.

    Change is on the way. Incumbents who have gotten this country into this mess will be voted out.

    TERM LIMITS–8 years and out!

    May 11, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Chipste

    I hope voters are not really stupid enough to return to the borrow and spend, corporate welfare kings of the Republican Party already. We are just beginning to make progress. Supply-side economics does not work – it never, ever trickles down!

    We are only now beginning to rein in the constitutional abuses that were born out of fear and anger on 9/11. Republicans use fear and prejudice to divide us, their abuse of power hidden by the flag and a Bible. We must prevent that and protect our liberty. Don't be manipulated by fear.

    May 11, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    It took a $1 trillion dollar investment to keep us out of the worst recession since the depression. Just what would have been the cost to this country and its citizens of a full-fledged economic depression?....10 or a 100 times that amount? I think the invested money was well spent, and should be easily seen as such in any but the most uber-partisan of quarters. The incumbants who made the decision to vote for the economic recovery package are courageous and correct! The people who want to oust these incumbants because of this are niether courageous nor correct.

    Ponder this economic hypocrisy: the people who loudly bemoan the investment in our own country of $1 trillion dollars, tend to be the very same ones who have happily cheered spending that same amount in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    You have to be dumber than a toad to be a Tea-Bagger.

    May 11, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. key

    The GOP want to make it the other guys fault. I always said its not easy to lead. You have to make decisions not just the other guys agenda.

    May 11, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. janetlaw

    No, its going to be about who gets the voters to turn out. C'mon dem party officials, get off your bums and get out the vote!

    May 11, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. raingirl2

    I don't care what the party label I will not vote for anyone who supports any form of amnesty, registration or any thing that could remotely grant the 20 million illegal aliens an opportunity to remain in the U.S. for a second longer.this shows how disrespectful they are with all the encouragement and support from our government we don't stand a chance if we don't rid our selves of all congressional votes that support amnesty we want them all out immediately it will cost tax payers nothing if we stop all freebies and let them return home just like they came here crawl back over ,under, around the border. just like they came here without taxpayer help. tie the babies to their backs there are enough that every baby will have a back to get strapped to.adios amigos

    May 11, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Stymie

    It won't be easy for any incumbent. Time to take out the trash.

    May 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Slider

    The Republicans, and those opposed to 'get-along' Republicrats, are cleaning their house. Independents and Republicans, and limited-government Democrats have had enough.

    Utah is the first in which limited government voters are cleaning house with a broom.

    In November, they will use a vacuum cleaner.

    It's over, progressives.

    May 11, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    VERY STRONG! This generation of representatives have failed the American people and they know it.
    They have spent their time in congress representing their parties, the special interst groups, the PACs, the lobbyists, the unions and Global corportations before the people. Why is it the the people are last? Why is it that they represent evrything long before the taxpayer.

    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!"

    May 11, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. ran

    Wrong this time.

    More true Democrats or Independents will win. The people are tired of the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans.

    History will be made again and we the people will get our country back from the hate,fear,do noting,purity ideology of the Republicans,"blue dogs" and Lieberman.

    Oh happy days.

    May 11, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Eric

    Incumbent Dump – 2010
    Re-elect NO ONE.

    May 11, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Mike

    This election, if you are not a true conservative the odds are going to be against you getting elected or reelected. The liberals including nobamby have run this country into the ground. nobamby has been divisive even derisive as the current occupant of the White House and he needs to go also.

    May 11, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |