We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What the Dems have begun to master over recent cycles is to run as Conservative-sounding centrists. When they get to DC, however, they end up, willingly or unwillingly, under the thumb of the Pelosi leadership. That's how our system tends to work.
So whether they run with more conservative local themes or not, in the end it doesn't matter. In the House, it is Party that matters, 99% of the time. That's why voting Party instead of Person makes sense most of the time, and why, for federal elections, being an Independent, even though it sounds nice, just means you don't care.
"What the Dems Democrats and Republicans have begun to master over recent cycles is to run as Conservative-sounding centrists. When they get to DC, however, they end up, willingly or unwillingly, under the thumb of the Pelosi leadership spending other people's money like drunken college students on spring break, regardless of how their constituents back home feel. That's how our system tends to work."
That result was expected, and it reflects the specific mindset of that particular district. People there weren't ready for Murtha to go away, and their strong aversion to change held sway as they elected his stand-in. That district hates change and progress, and wants their mythical past of steel, coal, and manufacturing jobs to come back, regardless how unlikely that may be.
That area has lost jobs and population for decades, young people move away, those who remain are even more set in their ways.
This race was not really a true test of national trends, or the current attitudes of independent voters. This is a solidly Democratic, if socially conservative and gun-loving, area.
The residents of PA12 have become so dependent on the looting of taxpayers pork that Murtha lavished on them they don't care about anything else. They bleed PORK. They will never vote out a Democrat as along as they think the pork spigot will stay on. Thanks for thinking about the rest of the country PA12!
I agree, too. We can do something about a party's failings by supporting the right candidates in primaries or even by running for office ourselves, but calling ourselves "independent" is a way to feel good, not to accomplish something.
"...That's why voting Party instead of Person makes sense most of the time, and why, for federal elections, being an Independent, even though it sounds nice, just means you don't care."
This is precisely why we have to break this "my Party, right or wrong" death-hold that has so corrupted and perverted the body politic - especially at the national level - for far, far too long...and, along with the willing complicity of far too much of the electorate that believes Gubmint, in all its radiant, invasive splendor is the fount from which all blessings flow, has destroyed nearly all of what our Republic originally was and should have remained.
And, for elections at any level, "...being an Independent, even though it sounds nice, just means you don't care." is, quite bluntly and simply, bullshit.
Independents care quite deeply - more, in most cases, than Party-clingers - we just don't care to continue lending support to those who take our money and our labor - and constantly demand more, more!! - and return less and less of the small-Gubmint, low-taxation, leave-citizens-alone-to-run-their-own-lives behavior that we've told them, time and time again, is what we really, really want.
As if being committed to the Rethuglican Party has worked out so well for anyone in recent history other than the "professional" politicians.
I wholeheartedly agree. We helped the Republicans take over Congress more than fifteen years ago and they didn't change anything, they just took their turn at the trough.
In November I plan on voting for the best candidate, but my preference will be for a independent.
In eastern Massachusetts many voters are looking for change but can't see themselves voting for a republican, they will (I think) vote for a independent.
I'm with Bridges. How does voting for Specter, Snowe, Collins, Hagel, Scozzafava etcetra ad infinitum help the country acquire a conservative governance? I can tell you that I am independent not because I "don't give a shit", but because the political parties in power haven't earned my vote or allegiance.