Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Primary Results Upend Both Established Politics And Political Establishment

This is something of an odd article. On the one hand, we have progressive Democrats like Setsak and Halter making waves, then on the other end of the spectrum we have Rand Paul. All three of those candidates can be taken as a progressive shift.

But, on the other hand, we have Mark Critz. Critz is a Democrat who was forced rightwards by the Tea Party, in the same state where Specter lost the Democratic primary for being too conservative and, the popular mindset goes, for being a flip-flop. The combination of the Tea Party and the progressive backlash is creating interesting counter-currents.

What all this tells me is that people really don't know what they want, they just want it to be not what we have now. On the one hand, this could be interesting, and provide a much-needed shake-up to business as usual. On the other hand, voting just because someone "isn't the establishment" can be a dangerous business in itself.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost