Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Life After Congress

That is a prospect that many incumbents might be facing after the mid-term elections this November. Most polling shows that Americans are unhappy with the job that Congress has been doing to the point that some are predicting a large enough turnover to put the Democrats in control of at least the House and possibly the Senate as well.
Most Americans describe themselves as being in an anti-incumbent mood heading into this fall’s midterm congressional elections, and the percentage of people who approve of their own representative’s performance is at the lowest level since 1994, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The first real test of the anti-incumbent movement comes today when the voters go to the polls in Connecticut to determine the fate of Democratic incumbent Joe Lieberman. While Lieberman is not your typical example of the anti-incumbent movement which is geared mainly towards Republicans, his pro-Bush views in regards to the occupation in Iraq have put a target squarely on his forehead.

Lieberman’s challenger, Ned Lamont, should also be a good gauge on how much influence those in the blogosphere can have on an election as the race has been receiving plenty of coverage on many left-leaning blogs in what has become known as the "netroots" movement started by several high profile bloggers. In the 2004 election, this sponsorship was pretty much the "kiss of death" as all candidates backed by these bloggers lost in their bids for election.

The big difference this year when compared with 2004 though is that President Bush’s policies on the "War on Terror" and total mismanagement of the conflicts overseas have approval ratings tanking across the board and even some of Bush’s biggest apologists are now running for cover. After tonight we could have a better picture on what might be coming in November and if current polling is accurate, many incumbents could be showing up at an unemployment office near you on November 8th.


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