WASHINGTON — Republican, Democrat. House, Senate. White, black.
Primary voters did not discriminate Tuesday, dispensing defeat to Sen. Joe Lieberman and two House members in an unusually strong, single-night repudiation of incumbents.
"The winds of change are blowing," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois Democrat.
"I don't see it as an antiincumbent move," said Vice President Dick Cheney, adding that the night's other election losers, Reps. Joe Schwarz (R-Mich.) and Cynthia A. McKinney (D-Ga.) don't involve "national ramifications."
But Schwarz and Lieberman shared a connection that crossed party lines.
Both are moderates in their parties who sought to survive in an era of intense political division. Both were targeted for defeat by activist groups from outside their states, and both fell to rivals offering a harder edge.