In the GOP upsets in Virginia and New Jersey, Daniel Henninger doesn't just see Obama backlash, he sees a voter rebellion from both parties, with independent Americans behaving like stampeding cattle. That independents would within one year swing from Obama enthusiasts to backing decent-to-weak Republicans in Virginia and New Jersey is “simply astonishing,” writes the Wall Street Journal opinion editor. “The American voter is absolutely, totally, unremittingly disgusted with both political parties.”
The stampeding bulls veered left last year and right this year. “They will keep running—crushing incumbents, candidates and political models of the left and right—until they find a person or party capable of leadership.” This isn’t normal for a president to be in so much trouble after 10 months, but after watching the economy crumble last year, voters are restless. Expect volatile elections to be the new norm.