“CEOs vs. politicians in California” is the headline at Politico, but last night’s races across the country underscore the enormous energy gathering not against incumbents but against politicians and the special interests that support them.
Arkansas Democrats clearly didn’t cater to the Big Labor/MoveOn.org attempt to jam lefty Bill Halter down their throats, and so Blanche Lincoln gets a long-shot chance to save her seat. (This could keep her in the anti-cap-and-tax-and-amnesty coalition as well. Had she lost, her support for such measures could have been the key to a post-Senate appointment, but now she must swear them off to have any chance of succeeding in November.)
In California, the attempt by the public employee unions to take Meg Whitman out in the primary failed badly, and even lefties like Jonathan Alter know that Jerry Brown is recycled big government. Barbara Boxer got little sleep last night knowing that a genuinely accomplished, smart and disciplined Carly Fiorina will be asking Golden State voters from now until November 2, “Have you had enough of ‘Don’t call me ma’am”?
It was very disappointing to see John Eastman finish a strong second in the race for the GOP nod to be Attorney General. Conservative Orange County’s key votes were drained away by the third place state senator from the area, but John’s half-million ballots prove that there really is a serious core of originalist conservatives in California ready to help turn the state around.
The most interesting result of the night was Sharron Angle’s victory in Nevada, which is what Harry Reid is said to have wanted and which he will regret for a very long time. Angle is an authentic, passionate citizen-legislator. She’s conservative of course, but also the real deal, and a genuine grass roots activist has an enormous advantage over the next 146 days. Angle will have to depend upon conservatives nationwide to fill her coffers, but mostly she is going to have to depend on meeting voters in Clark County and asking them, one-on-one, have you had enough of Harry Reid and the unions? Have you had enough of the Democrats running Congress, and thus running the country into the ground? Have you had enough of the mismanagement ofthe Gulf spill, of the abandonment of Israel, of the destruction of the health care system?
The Beltway analysts are chasing any story but the central one –in California and South Carolina and especially in Nevada, voters are demanding a real change and especially an end to government by special interest, especially by the public employee unions. There is nothing the Democrats can do between now and November 2 to stop that accounting from taking place.