According to the Political Wire:
A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds that just 24% of respondents say most members of Congress deserve reelection, the worst result since Gallup began polling the question in 1991.
Looking at another wave: “Fifty-six percent say their own representative deserves another term, similar to the levels just before tumultuous elections in 1994, 2006 and 2010 that changed control of the House or Senate… Less clear is whether voters are ready to blame one party or the other, another ingredient of a ‘wave.'”
Whether voters are ready to blame one party or the other may the wrong question; are voters ready to blame the political class altogether may be a better one. So, instead of ’94 wherein Republican swept into office due to Clinton’s first years, this may be another ’92 wherein a sizable portion of the electorate was willing to disregard each party and elect a true outsider and independent: Ross Perot. Already, similar outsider-type candidates, Herman Cain and Donald Trump, have drawn surprising attention and interest.
As I wrote here:
Alabamiams are without a home in todays political environment. In discussing British politics, political philosopher stated our predicament well:
He argues -rightly, I believe – that what we currently have in the West is the worst of both the left and the right. The right places an uncritical faith in the powers of the free market, leading to higher concentrations of wealth in a small minority of the ultra-wealthy, while continuing to disenfranchise the poor or lower middle-class from engagement in either politics or the economy. Meanwhile, the left tries to mitigate the damage of the free market (which, by the way, they are equally beholden to) by keeping the lower classes in a permanent state of dependence upon welfare services and an inability to create their own wealth or assets. In this tennis match, the right cuts back on services and taxes without improving access for the poor, leading to more crises in local communities, and then the left responds with more centralized services and programs. We are stuck in this back and forth, with occasional moments where it seems that one side is winning over the other (Obama wins in 2008, the Tea Party rallies in 2010, and on and on…), but no real progress is made.
Alabama Democrats must get Alabama out of this game, and we can.