POLLING around the country earlier this summer showed rising disaffection with the parties themselves and incumbents generally. . . .
There are other indications of disenchantment with the status quo. In Oklahoma, voters limited the terms of state legislators. Polls suggest the electorate may be remarkably willing to shop around this fall for congressional candidates, undermining the theory that the enhanced powers of modern incumbency are creating the so-called "Permanent Congress." . . .
It's axiomatic that people vote their pocketbook. As the economy slumps and state budget woes rise, members of the political establishment may begin to pay for the prosperity of the '80s that rendered their incumbency almost unassailable.
Valley News, Lebanon, N.H.