Let me finish tonight with a question. Just where do you think this explosion of voter anger we saw last night in Delaware - and have seen growing in voters in Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, Nevada, Kentucky, Colorado, Alaska, and in just about every poll across the country - is going to take us? Last night, as the dust began to clear I heard progressive glee that the anger was on the verge of burning itself out, that the victory of Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, like that of Sharron Angle in Nevada, was throwing away the election. How could voters in the general election go so far as to elect one of “these” candidates the angry primary voters have kicked up? I suppose I had my eyes on something different. While others were seeing dead people - the defeated Mike Castle who was supposed to be so strong this November - I saw the strength of the flames that consumed him and will consume many others this rapidly-approaching election night. I have waited all my adult life for an election in which voters have the fire to reach up and burn those who have been running the show for decades. But I didn’t know it would come from the right and center. 2010 could be the first year in modern times when being in office and part of Washington, is the worst possible credential when facing voters. I don’t know how far the fire will burn. Based upon last night’s returns, I expect it has a long way to go. It could topple the House and, yes, the U.S. Senate. It could bring the defeat of people who feel even now they are not endangered. It could produce an election night spectacle of name-brand politicians standing before stunned supporters saying their careers are kaput. Why is this happening? Because this economic system is failing to produce security and opportunity people have come to expect in this country. In this middle class country, the middle class is scared. And when people are scared they get angry. They sense a rot at the top and are ready to chop it off. If the plan of those in power is to raise a ton of cash and run nasty TV ads saying you can’t vote for this new person, that he or she is flawed, I expect the voter will say - “Are you telling me I have no choice but to vote for you? Are you saying that I, this little voter out there, dare not take a chance on someone who has not yet let me down? As you have? If that is what you telling me … that I have no choice? “Well, Mr. Big Stuff, you just wait up late election night and see what I have done.”
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