Saturday, February 20, 2010

Throw the bums out?

Just 8 percent of Americans want the members of Congress re-elected, according to a CBS News-New York Times poll taken nine months before roughly one-third of the Senate and the entire House face voters.

The Feb. 5-10 survey found 81 percent of respondents saying the lawmakers shouldn’t receive another term.

By 80 percent to 13 percent, Americans said members of Congress are more interested in serving special interests than the people they represent.

Anti-incumbency fever is something we catch from time to time and we Americans talk a big game but the numbers tell a different story.

So, what gives? Are we electorally hypocritical? The great George Will quote: “We talk like Jefferson but govern like Hamilton” comes to mind. Or is the system, with its campaign finance laws and congressional districting, hopelessly rigged? We’re thinking a healthy combination of both.


We're flying back in from Montana and our snow-mobile trip as of this posting but we hope to be doing some live blogging tomorrow.

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