With Democrats scrambling to come up with a new game plan and Republicans basking in the aura of Scott Brown’s monumental victory, it’s important to recap the message that American voters, particularly independents, have sent over the past couple of months to those seeking public office in 2010.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s (R) election taught us that voters are extremely worried about the state of the economy (jobs in particular).
Chris Christie’s (R) ascension to the governor’s mansion in New Jersey demonstrated not only that voters are concerned about the economy, but also that there’s a limit to the amount of corruption voters can possibly swallow – even in the Garden State.
Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown’s (R) victory indicates that voters, even in the bluest of blue states, think that “the country is on ‘the wrong track.’” Bay State voters cited Obamacare as the prime example of bad government policies.
So, what does this tell us? If you’re running for public office in 2010, be prepared to tout fiscal responsibility and economic solutions, a disdain for corruption, and dissatisfaction with over-reaching government policies – regardless of your party affiliation. If you don’t, voters aren’t likely to elect you (or re-elect you).