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Voters in primaries across America made several things very clear Tuesday.
They don’t like Washington.
They don’t like incumbents.
They don’t like the political establishment.
They’re tired of partisan posturing.
They want results, not promises.
Voter anger cut across party lines, rejecting both Democrats and Republicans, bitch-slapping the leaders of both political establishments and sent a strongly-worded warning to President Barack Obama: Get your act together or you’ll be a one-term President.
Tea Party poster child Rand Paul destroyed the one-time powerful political machine of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. Support from Pennsylvania Democratic powerhouse Gov. Ed Rendell couldn’t save Arlen Specter. Obama hid in the White House, cowering in cowardice rather than risk what little is left of his political capital with an electorate that no longer listens to him.
Republicans lost a chance to pick up a house seat in the Pennsylvania special election to replace the late John Murtha but the winner distanced himself from both Obama and the failed Democratic leadership of Congress.
Voter anger is real and it is so intense that party lines don’t matter. Job one is throw the bums out and voters see the bums as members of both parties who are the problem.
A positive sign? Damn right it is. The compost heap of discarded incumbents is growing and it could be huge by the time the last votes are counted in the November mid-term elections.
Six years of working on Capitol Hill taught me that you can’t change the system by replacing one corrupt party with another. You can’t regain control of government by listening to the mantra of Democratic or Republican leaders. Partisans put party agendas above the best interests of the country.
Tuesday’s primary results are a good start but it will take more than just tossing out incumbents. The system that controls our government is so ingrained that it too must be thrown out. Our government must be gutted to cut out the cancer of big-money and the dominating control of special interests.
Both parties and Obama are lost causes. They have sold out. The purge must continue beyond the November mid-term elections and extend into the 2012 Presidential campaigns.
Tuesday’s primaries were a start but it is just another bloody battle in what will be a long war.
Lock and load.