**UPDATE: Corrected Nextgov link**
Given the anti-incumbent, anti-Washington sentiment felt in this election, what does this mean for public servants, particularly at the Federal level?
From my perspective, there’s a separation to be made between government-as-politicians and government-as-civil service. The results clearly showed a rebuke of the politicians that have been in charge. But, as the article states, people are not too happy with the bureaucracy either. In this country we generally have a culture of resenting “big government” in the abstract, but I would tend to agree that this sentiment was heightened this cycle because of the stagnating economy.
So I’ll throw out an open-ended question: How should civil servants interpret these results, if they apply at all?