Yesterday, Glenn Reynolds linked Steve Chapman’s insightful piece on his how he’s been learning to love the Tea Party. The Tea Party anger at establishment Republicans predates the arrival of the Obami, with erstwhile “Republican tightwads” justifying every dollar of government spending “as a vital necessity”:
The tea partiers were dismayed to see these penny-pinchers replaced by poll-driven insiders with an appetite for earmarks. That’s one big reason hard-right candidates have scored so many upsets in recent GOP Senate primaries—including Rand Paul in Kentucky, Sharron Angle in Nevada, Joe Miller in Alaska, and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.
They didn’t get nominated because they look and sound like the popular image of a savvy, experienced, well-informed, practical-minded U.S. senator. They got nominated because they don’t.
It’s not just Tea Partiers. A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds that “Fifty-five percent” of Americans think it’s time to replace their current Congressman and “give someone new a chance.”
Those numbers don’t bode well for 28-year Senate veterans Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer. Methinks their nasty ads won’t be all that helpful in this environment. Sure, Reid’s massive spending may have briefly given him an edge over his Republican rival. But, recent polls show him faltering and her inching ahead.
Expect the same in the (once and future) Golden State.