Why Eric Cantor's Big Loss Isn't Really That Surprising


4. In the 2016 Presidential election, if you are seen as part of the DC or Wall Street status quo, you have huge hurdles to overcome. The best position to run from is not with tons of endorsements, campaign cash, and Washington experience, but rather as an outsider who can correct the dysfunction and get things done. Americans want someone who will represent them as a leader, not someone who is captive of Wall Street or the Washington way of doing business.

5. A force of independents will grow and become more vocal each time one of these asteroids hits. Each time voters disrupt politics in these elections, and then neither political party seems to pay heed, this will only increase the sense that our current two-party system is totally broken. This may not conclude in an Independent party, but it will definitely grow into an increasingly strong independent movement that will push Washington to do the right thing.

These are my five takeaways from the latest asteroid to hit our political planet, and it is important to keep in mind that these are not singular events but part of a broader asteroid field which has been hitting us for years. And if our leaders don’t respond in a real way, there is bigger impacts coming our way. And not even Bruce Willis will be able to save the current political leaders.

There you have it.

Matthew Dowd is an ABC News analyst and special correspondent.

Opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of ABC News.

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