What this columnist is describing is called the "Fenno Paradox" which was developed by Richard Fenno at the University of Rochester (shameless plug, I know). This is nothing new, it happens all the time and is the reason it's so hard to defeat incumbents.
Friday, February 24, 2006
We'll have front-row seat in battle for Congress
By JOEL CONNELLY P-I COLUMNIST
In what confounds opinion experts, national surveys find Americans saying their country is headed in the wrong direction and that Congress is doing a poor job -- but adding that their own congressman is OK.