One of the major reasons the Tea Party has sustained its momentum (long past the time most pundits gave it) is the fact that there are too many politicians in Washington that have been there much too long and way past their usefulness.
Some examples would be:
- Nancy Pelosi - 12 terms (1987)
- Harry Reid - 4 terms (1986)
- John Boehner - 10 terms (1991)
- Mitch McConnell - 5 terms (1984)
These are just the high-profile we all know by name. There are so many other examples which could be provided. After watching disasters like these run the government, I know where my desire for pre-set term limits come from.
One thing about democracy is that elected officials serve at the discretion of the people. If the people choose to not re-nominate (in a primary or caucus) or re-elect you; then your time in public life is supposed to be over. Unfortunately, some politicians do not seem to realize this. Even after being defeated in a primary, they have decided that they are "entitled" to the political office.
Let's take the case of Lisa Murkowski. She's a Republican senator from Alaska. She was appointed to complete a term in 2002 and re-elected in her own right in 2004. So, more recently, she was one of the casualties of the growing Tea Party movement. She lost in the primary earlier this year to attorney Joe Miller.
So, as a politician who serves the people, she should have realized that the Alaskan Republicans did not choose her as the nominee. So, what does she do? She launches a bid as a write-in candidate. Despite the will of the people to the contrary, she comes across as feeling "entitled" to be a senator from Alaska.
So, the question is how will a write-in candidacy for a person who was rejected by her previous party fare? Probably somewhat similar to the candidacy of Bob Smith who attempted the same thing when running for senator from New Hampshire in 2002. Smith was only able to get 0.5% of the votes in the general election. (That was probably just his campaign staff and their extended families, IMO.)
Senator Murkowski, you lost. As Mitch McConnell said, "It's time to move on."