To hear it told, the 2010 election stands to be one of the most historic in recent memory. And it’s likely true. Two years after Barack Obama promised “hope and change,” we’ve seen just how little hope that failed change has brought us. Four years after the Democrats launched a charge against a lackluster Republican Congress, we’ve seen that all a Democratic-led Congress seems to be able to do these days is spend money. And people are angry, fed up, and ready for something new.
The Tea Party movement has been a bracing force this election season, along with a general anti-incumbent mood. Many in Congress who once felt complacent are fighting tooth and nail to keep their seat, while others didn’t even make it out of the primaries. The winds of change are aloft in this country in a way that hasn’t been seen in generations, possibly ever. And that’s going to make this Tuesday a fascinating Election Day, not to mention all the fallout afterward.