US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses a Virginia Republican Party primary election to a challenger from the hard-right Tea Party movement.
This is what I've been talking about for a long time.
You don't need to have expensive political campaigns. You don't need big donors to fund your races, especially if the substance of your candidates and their communication skills are top notch. As a matter of fact, the big money may be toxic to politicians because it binds them to policies that are unpopular or worse, toxic to the general public's well being and health (not to mention their own health and well being).
It doesn't matter if it's from unions or corporations. A member of the government's interests, in reality, is to the general public. That will either happen through elections, or it will happen with violence.
The trouble now is how to deal with these lunatic fringes on the Left and on the Right (not to mention the Right's Libertarian allies). Both are too idealistic to know or care to know about what is in the empirical best interests of the public and both (especially the Right) seems to be willing to go to war to get their way imposed on the general public. I fear a civil war as we head towards what will actually be healthful for the public on the empirical level, with the Right firing the first shots. The corporations and bankers will back them, and it will be a classic example of a civil war, where the well to do conservative interests will seek to grasp at the last straw of what the public is willing to tolerate and accept, while the Left has to win over the public to be empathetic and sympathetic to their own cause, while not appearing to be weak, ineffectual and bad at fighting. Once the war is over (and it will, at least eventually, be a victory for the reasoned Left), the real challenge of governing is going to begin.
And I just want this to go as smoothly and as easily as is actually possible.
Think about it.