MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia congressional seat that's been held by a Democrat for generations is now up for grabs after 14-term incumbent Rep. Alan Mollohan was swept out of office on a wave of voter unrest that an opponent called a referendum on President Barack Obama.You can read the entire article at this link.
The congressman is the first U.S. House incumbent to be ousted this spring primary season amid widespread anti-incumbent sentiment. The same unrest helped end the 17-year career of Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett, who lost a GOP convention on Saturday.
State Sen. Michael Oliverio carried 56 percent of the vote to Mollohan's 44 percent Tuesday night after an aggressive campaign that questioned the incumbent's ethics and support for issues including federal health care reform.
I still remain somewhat skeptical that the "oust the incumbent" thingy is still going to play out come this November, but things like this do afford me at least some glimmer of hope, which is at least somewhat better than the despair I have been feeling for my country for the last 16 months or so.
Of course. ousting the incumbents who voted for TARP, Porkulus and CommieCare won't be worth a damn if those who replace them are unwilling to make the difficult choices we all know are necessary if we are to avoid going the way of Greece.