Out in the boonies, anti-incumbent fever has reached a dangerous pitch.
Who'd a thunk that Texas Governor Rick Perry could turn the tables on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican gubernatorial primary by condemning her for bringing home too much federal bacon?
In the aftermath of her ignominious defeat, Sen. Hutchison was left shaking her head like a stunned longhorn. She never imagined, she allowed, that her being an effective advocate for her state would be used against her.
But it was, because the great unwashed hate Washington so much that even its pork is tainted, at least in the minds of people who vote in Republican primaries.
Like cockroaches and viruses, members of Congress are nothing if not adaptable. It will be entertaining to witness the contortions they go through to portray themselves as the embodiment of the current zeitgeist, or whatever it might be by November.
Some of them, in desperation, may pull a Lieberman and run as independents when they fail to win their own party's nod for the nomination. It's about survival, after all, and this season it's every man for himself.