Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 11:44 pm by Darryl
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.