Friday, August 11, 2006

Lieberman, Schwartz defeats - silver lining

Despite all the chattering about Liberman being "purged" (see taxbeaner's post below), I think that the primary defeats of incumbents of both parties is a good thing. I would love to see more activity like primary challenges, as it goes to the heart of the incumbancy issue we have discussed so much. When you really think of it, the only real chance for citizen to really make their vote count is during the primaries on ideological issues. I think it is healthy that party activists can usurp their respective establishments from time to time, in order to keep them honest. The ascendency of these two gentlemen over their respective incumbants for their respective nominations is nothing more than your typical grassroots versus establishment struggle that both political parties continiously have.


At 9:30 PM, Blogger Taxbeaner said...

The post-election coverage pointed out a vey disturbing fact: this was the first defeat of an incumbent congressman in Michigan since 1992. Hoekstra v Vanderjagt in Grand Rapids was cited. If you ask me, the best way to win an election is by the use of moles running for convention delegate seats. This is probably how the fundies took over the Republican party.

At 4:15 AM, Blogger Mitch said...

True. I could name at least 10 RINOs I would love to see challenged as a matter of prinicple. I bet that most hard core Dem's could do the same.

Knocking off incumbants is rare - but I hope it happens more often. I fail to see in 90% of sitting members any advantages they have for their "experience" - except how to earmark and which lobbysts really shell out.

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Taxbeaner said...

This brings us to the Constitutional amendment that should have been addressed rather than flag burning: term limits for Congress. Maybe three terms for the House and two terms for the Senate. You max out at eighteen years.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Mitch said...

Of course, the other way other than term limits is to limit the Federal government to what is is only supposed to do as perscribed in the constitution, and return those other powers back to the states. If the pork stakes were substantially removed, then a lot of this crud would become irrelevant.


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