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

Produced by:

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

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.