With less than six months to the general election, members of Congress and the political pundits are wondering if the current voter anger strongly influencing presidential candidates will extend to incumbent congressional candidates facing election this fall.
Establishment, insider members have good reason for concern in the wake of gridlock that has polarized the Congress.
Voters in both major parties are making it clear they are fed up with the inaction of Congress to conduct America’s much neglected business. “Enough is enough” seems to be the rallying cry of the angry voters in both major parties.
The unrelenting voter outrage serves to underscore the argument for the imposition of term limits that would limit congressional terms to eight years.
It is reasonable to assume the framers of the Constitution did not intend for elective members of Congress to enjoy a “lifetime” term.
It is now clear the long time establishment members of Congress resisted the nomination of both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz because they wanted to maintain their power base at any cost.
Likewise, establishment members of the Democratic Party are rejecting the presidential bid of Bernie Sanders for the same reason.
It is clear the entrenched power base of both parties seek to control their position as elite power brokers.
Incumbent congressional members facing election this fall have good reason to be concerned that the prospect of voter anger will extend beyond the presidential election to them.
The ongoing, outrageous behavior exhibited by some establishment members of Congress puts their self-serving interests over the interest of the people.
The current voter outrage is long overdue. The party bosses in both parties appear frantic over the election of a candidate they have no power to control. The party bosses are also less than enthusiastic over the suggestion that the appointment of “super delegates” be eliminated.
The 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections are like no other in recent memory. Candidates in both parties are garnering support by voters who are making it clear they want a drastic shift from business as usual.
With the possibility of as many as five Supreme Court justices being appointed over the next decade, the stakes have never been higher. The direction the country will take will be defined in this most important election.
Bob Miller lives in Boise. He has been a writer for United Press International, news director for KTFI (NBC) Radio in Twin Falls, managing editor of the Bonner’s Ferry Herald and owner/publisher of the Gem Newspaper in Quartzsite, Ariz. He retired in 2010.