“Congress Sucks”

So says the American Public, as assayed by Gallup:

Americans’ assessment of Congress has hit a new low, with 13% saying they approve of the way Congress is handling its job. The 83% disapproval rating is also the worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance.


How low can it go? I mean aren’t we about to bump up against some intrinsic limit—like the fraction of pathologically optimistic?

In any case, it will be fun watching this play out with a House controlled by the loony-tune Right, and a Senate somewhat (although more weakly) controlled by the Democrats. Will Americans get what they bargained for by putting the G.O.P. in control of the House? Does America really want hard core gridlock? Based on the current approval numbers with a semi-functioning Congress, I suspect not.

Apparently, many Americans are living under the delusion that the House Republicans will wake up and realize that intentionally creating gridlock harms America (even if it simultaneously helps their party). The collective disappointment may even be enough to disillusion the pathologically optimistic.

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2 Responses to ““Congress Sucks””

  1. Benjamin Says:

    At least we liberals will not be alone in our disappointment.

  2. Dave Says:

    Hmm… Given that the vast majority of those polled (I’m assuming adult American citizens) are the Congressional HIRING MANAGERS, I would interpret this as the American Public saying, “We Suck!”

    ‘Reminds me of a graffito I saw on a university campus back when Ronald Reagan was president:

    Reagan + Congress = Regress

    Hopefully Obama will begin to learn that Republicans aren’t impressed by people who cave-in and will instead show that he can act like a true Republican and use his veto pen as a “negotiation” tool…

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