Given our country’s economic woes, assaults on agriculture and business by the EPA, Interior and BLM, serious scandals at the IRS and Veteran’s Affairs, and a frightening world military situation, it’s no wonder this election year is already getting lots of attention from farmers and ranchers.
There could be no more explicit and painful reminder of the importance of elections than the big government agendas rampant in Washington and the difficulty in even investigating serious scandals. The party that wins the Senate this fall gets the committee chairmanships, more members on each committee and sets the agenda. There is no better example of complete control than Sen. Harry Reid's rule over the Senate. Imagine our situation with no countering Republican House. Imagine no one investigating the IRS.
Early primary results could be interpreted as evidence that voters are finally paying more attention. That is because, at least on the Republican side, sometimes the conservative Tea Party challenger has won and sometimes the established incumbent has prevailed. Predictions from Democrats and Republicans that the Tea Party, as a movement, was dead have proven premature. There is no question that so-called Tea Party, conservative voters have both elected some candidates and pulled overall party positions to the right.
A Tea Party candidate apparently came within a whisker of unseating Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, a 36-year incumbent. Sen. Cochran failed to win the primary outright, which resulted in the recent runoff. I say apparently because there are going to be investigations and maybe legal challenges. Cochran only won by courting black Mississippi Democrats in their districts, by accusing the Tea Party Republican candidate of intending to "prevent blacks from voting," take away their government payments and end support to black colleges. Apparently, in a race decided by 8,000 votes out of more than 350,000, many votes may have been cast by Democratic voters who voted Democratic in the primary and illegally swapped to Republican in the runoff. Mind you, this was an establishment Republican drumming up votes by accusing the Tea Party of wanting to take away Democratic votes.
As the line blurs between both party establishments, voters are frustrated, especially Americans who produce goods and services.
Nothing has received more attention than the first-ever primary defeat of a sitting House Majority Leader. The perception of Eric Cantor's positions on immigration as leaning towards comprehensive "reform" was a key factor. But voter frustration with national Republican leadership many see as unwilling or unable to stop more government and more spending was important. And Cantor had antagonized party ground game leaders at the Virginia grassroots.
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