Anti-Incumbent Fever as Primaries Get Underway

Friday, May 14, 2010

Anti-incumbent fever has taken down two Washington heavyweights in less than a week. First, there was the surprising caucus defeat of three-time Republican Senator Robert Bennett in Utah last Saturday. Then fourteen-term Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan, from West Virginia, became the first House incumbent to lose his primary race this year. Now, many are wondering if incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, Republican-turned-Democrat, will be the next to lose his primary.

John Avlon, author of “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America,” and political columnist at, discusses the roots and reach of this anti-incumbent mood.


John Avlon

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Marine Olivesi

Comments [1]

I was listening to NPR and heard a program re: State Of Michigan considering releasing prisoners, even "Lifers" if they had a good prison record. reason - it is costly maintaining the prison population.
I need to find the source of this story. Anyone know?

May. 15 2010 10:26 PM

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