The incumbent gets re-elected because there is no other choice, no matter which side of the aisle your voting district leans. I’ve never voted for Feinstein, but the democrats who vote for her have never had a choice to vote against her except in the primaries where the incumbent has an enormanous advantage because of money and organization.
Comment by dear heart — January 18, 2013 @ 11:21 am
Gotta have a strong candidate in the primary (where the Party allows it) with big bucks and lots of charisma, because Congress has written election laws that favor incumbents, incumbents have free propaganda franking privileges, and incumbents have at least two years to buy votes spending other people’s money. I’m for the EC; I don’t want NYC-DC and SF -LA megalopoli having sole say who runs the country.
Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — January 18, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
But can it shake its head, catch them all and devour them in one gulp?
I don’t think this is an issue of idiots voting for incumbents and then wanting term limits.
I think it’s an issue of who voted vs. who was polled.
The former was likely comprised of a lot of people who don’t exist, while the latter represents the true people.
Comment by Caged Insanity — January 18, 2013 @ 1:30 pm
Food on My dog— love it— do an overwhelming majority of Americans know what this is?
Comment by geezerette — January 18, 2013 @ 1:43 pm
Power buys power.
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 18, 2013 @ 2:15 pm
“The incumbent gets re-elected because there is no other choice, no matter which side of the aisle your voting district leans. ”
That’s why every ballot should also have “None of the Above” for every position. That way you don’t have to run someone to vote an imbecile out.
The German Army used to have a saying: “Better no officer than a bad officer.” If there’s no one the electorate is comfortable with, select “None of the Above” and let the position go vacant for a term or two. I’ll bet most people wouldn’t notice the lack of representation day-to-day.
Comment by Fat Baxter — January 18, 2013 @ 4:39 pm
There is almost no more funner thing to do than put food on your dog. I don’t know why.
I think it might relate to some primitive prehistoric instinct but actually, I don’t know why.