September 16, 2010

THE DOVE SOAP STANDARD:

Is This an Anti-Incumbent Year? Not So Far (Nathan L. Gonzales, 9/16/10, Roll Call)

“Plenty of commentators have misunderstood the electorate’s anger,” said GOP media consultant Brad Todd of OnMessage Inc., which works closely with the National Republican Congressional Committee. “They’re angry at the direction of the country and not the nature of incumbency.”

Through Tuesday’s primaries, more than 98 percent of House and Senate incumbents seeking re-election won their primaries. Still, it’s worth noting that the number of incumbents who failed to win renomination — seven — is more than in recent cycles.

But while there is widespread frustration with Washington, incumbency was not the driving force in this year’s Congressional casualties, Todd said.

“Most of the anger is driven at Democrats because they’re in power,” he added. “Some is driven at Republicans when voters conclude that a particular candidate is too close to Democrats.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2010 6:25 AM
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