Angry Voter Part 2

My blog yesterday about voter anger in the United States drew a lot of reaction, confirming my thought that incumbents at every level of elected government need to be on their toes this year, because you could be the next Martha Coakley.

"Right now the country is looking for someone who is FOR THE PEOPLE," wrote listener Henry Flores.

"WE THE PEOPLE are speaking out and we're ready to take action.  It's time Washington listens!" he added.

And it's clearly a message that's not being directed just at Democrats.

"We, especially Rupublican, voters have been faced with voting for the least worse candidate for a while now," wrote John Criminger.

The status of Independent voters really makes clear the difficulty for Democrats at this point.  In 2008, those unaffiliated voters sided with Barack Obama and his party.

But in Virginia, New Jersey and now Massachusetts, the Independents did not.

In fact veteran GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio found that Scott Brown won those voters by 64-34 in Massachusetts.

If you get those kinds of numbers in other states, that's a recipe for Democratic disaster.

Right now, the Tea Party forces are more aligned with the GOP - but we have seen examples recently where they battled each other, like the special House election in upstate New York where Republicans lost a seat that had been in their party for years.

"I am a conservative. Incumbent Republicans, do not get full of yourselves, you are next!" ranted one of my blog readers.

"We were angry with the republicans a year ago, and that hasn't changed," said another.

In other words, if you can harness the energy of the voters this year, you will do very well in this year's mid-term elections in Congress.

But if you're on the receiving end of their anger, you may be looking for another job, no matter your party.