Both Democrats and Republicans say they are angry with the political system in America.
Democrats are more incensed than Republicans, the Zogby poll shows. Nearly four in five (78%) of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa and 81% of likely Democratic voters in New Hampshire said they were angry with the political system.
These same Democrats are mostly animated by President Bush, the survey shows, as 66% of Iowa Democrats and 75% of New Hampshire Democrats said they are “very angry” with Bush. Just 3% of New Hampshire Democrats said they were “not at all angry” with the President.
Even the Democratic–controlled Congress is a trigger for anger among Democrats – 75% of Iowa Democrats and 79% of New Hampshire Democrats said they were angry at Congress.
Among Republicans, 67% of likely Iowa caucus–goers and 68% of likely New Hampshire primary voters said they are angry with the political system. More than one in five in Iowa (21%) and more than one in four New Hampshire Republicans (26%) said they are “very angry” with the political system. Most of their anger appears to be directed at Congress, where 79% said they were angry at the national legislature. Nearly half – 43% – of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire said they were angry at President Bush.
Thus saith Zogby.
But voters, it is to be feared, are going to vote for the same kind of candidates as those with whom they are angry.
What kind of Republican would be angry at Bush? Only a conservative Republican. Will those Republicans vote for the clearest alternative to Bush (viz., Ron Paul)? Probably not.
What kind of Democrat would be angry at Bush? Not a Democrat who likes big spenders: Bush has outspent many recent Democrats. Probably a Democrat who is anti-war. Will the angry anti-war Democrats vote for an anti-war candidate (viz., Kucinich, or Paul)? Nope. Clinton or B. Hussein Obama, both of whom have said the war in Iraq will continue in their Administration, will get their votes.
Why do people vote for candidates they don't like?
Because they want to be accepted by the MainstreamMedia -- and by all their friends and neighbors (who want to be accepted by the MainstreamMedia).