Throw Some of the Bums Out!

Rage wins in Massachusetts and Oklahoma, but most congressional incumbents are still sitting pretty

Boom! John Silber, defying polls and diverse voter groups insulted by his reckless rhetoric, trounces the party's mediocrity of choice to become the Democratic candidate for Governor in Massachusetts. Republicans nominate William Weld, a tough ex-prosecutor, rather than a gray legislator blessed by the G.O.P. convention.

Bang! On the same day last week, Oklahoma voters approve, by a 2-to-1 * margin, a referendum limiting the tenure of state legislators to 12 years. This first-in-the-nation uprising against career lawmakers will probably be duplicated in California and Colorado come November.

Did these loud noises signal mass execution of incumbents this fall? Or were...

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