Viewpoints: Optimism, then Anger. What's Left in this State?
The Sacramento Bee
November 14, 2010
For the third consecutive election American voters have raged for change. Although this year's tea partiers attacked from the rightward edge of the political spectrum rather than MoveOn's assault from the left in the two previous election cycles, populist venting has become the new normal in American politics.
At a certain point, the economy will improve and the anger will subside. But until that economic and emotional recovery takes hold, the question is how an outraged electorate communicates with those they've installed in office. At what point does voter fury give way to fatigue, to a point where they no longer have the energy to continue to yell? Read more>