The stunning win by Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts last night shows not only how anything is possible in the world today but is perhaps also a sign of the shifting political headwinds blowing across the fruited American plains from the frozen north east to the ever temperate west coast.
Seeking a fourth term in office, incumbent US Senator Barbara Boxer of California is up for reelection in November this year and presently holds a slender lead over likely opponent Carly Fiorina of 46% – 43% according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey. What she must be thinking however, having seen Scott Brown overcome a 24% deficit in the polls barely two months ago to win in the heavily Democratic heartland of Massachusetts by 5% points, is anyone’s guess.
“Any incumbent who polls below 50% at this point in the season is considered potentially vulnerable,” said Scott Rasmussen, president and founder of Rasmussen Reports. “However, vulnerable incumbents still have the power of their office and still have a decent chance of winning. The Democratic leaning political gravity of California will certainly give Senator Boxer a boost in that effort.”
Indeed it may, yet considering the outpouring of public animosity toward national politicians at the moment are voters really likely to reward incumbents with another term in office while they themselves continue to experience a combination of joblessness, higher taxes, and an increasing burden of national debt?
Speaking at the White House, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged the concern of voters when saying, “There’s a tremendous amount of anger and frustration about where people are economically … I think that’s what’s ultimately going to define the coming political battles.”
It is certainly clear at this stage of the election cycle is that all is not well. According to a CBS News poll released this week, 63% of voters disapprove of the job performance by members of Congress, a number similar to 55% of people who feel the country is on the wrong track in the same CBS poll.
In San Diego people awoke to the news of Scott Brown’s win many greeting the news as a positive step forward for the country and symptomatic of public disenchantment.
Pacific Beach resident and Boston native, Anna Willis noted, “People back east are just tired of the elitist attitude of these politicians thinking they don’t need to be accountable to voters anymore. Too many so-called leaders just go up there (to Capitol Hill) spend as much as they can and expect a pat on the back when they go home to the district. Well not any more!”
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