Checks, balances, and strategic voting…

Howard Kurtz takes a look at the differences between beltway thinking and what the rest of us think about the mid-term elections. He asks:

But is there any possibility that those pulling the lever will care about whether Daschle or Lott is calling the shots? Do ordinary voters, as opposed to journalists and political operatives, think about Madisonian checks and balances?

In other words, do citizens vote strategically? Kurtz’ assessment: “Life’s too short.” Add to this that politics is still profoundly local. None of that will stop journalists and pundits from paying far closer attention to beltway thinking.