From the NY Post via Instapundit
When given the chance this election season, Republican voters are tossing out hidebound incumbents and ushering in new blood, sending a signal to the GOP establishment that the flip-flopping and rampant spending of the latter Bush years won’t be tolerated.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who’d boasted of her Appropriations Committee power over pork-barrel spending, learned that lesson last week — conceding defeat to upstart challenger Joe Miller, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party favorite.
The Post goes through all of the list. Inglis. Bennett. Specter. Crist. I've been pushing for this since 2006. In 2006, Mike Pence and the Republican Study Committee had a contract and a balanced budget proposal that was shot down by DC Establishment. The result was an ass whooping. The message wasn't received in 2008. The result was another ass whooping. Now it's 2010 and the democrats made the same mistake and look like they will get an ass whooping of their own (whether it costs control of the house or senate remains to be seen).
It's not just the taxes or Obamacare. It's the spending, and the tea party roots came in with the bailouts (which destroyed McCain's chances for good) and Stimulus package.
Bottom line is this. Less spending. Less government. More freedom. If you support this, you'll win. If you don't, there's the door. You're fired. Security will escort you out of the building.
Whether the GOP newbies win in November isn’t the point. The turnover shows that Republican voters aren’t just upset about Obama and Democrats. Instead, they’re demanding principled conservative behavior from members of their party as well.
If they don’t get it, they’re voting the bums out.
That's why we have primaries.