Back on December 29, as the year was winding down and I was making my New Year's plans, I posted the following remark to my Facebook fan page:
"Next time you hear someone bitch about Congress, the Senate, or the rest of our do-nothing federal government, keep this number in mind: 10% approval rating means nothing if 91% of the incumbents are reelected."
Sure would have been nice if that had gone viral. Yesterday, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio was reelected as speaker of the House, and as expected, Republicans have again chosen Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia to be majority leader and Democrats have again chosen Pelosi to be minority leader. The more things change, huh, people?...
So what does the newly sworn 113th Congress have in store for us? I mean, the previous Congress was the least productive in history (or at least since 1948, when they start keeping track of this stuff), so it's not like the new Congress even really has to try that hard to outdo their predecessors. All the political posturing failed to really accomplish a damn thing, other than constructing fake procedural disaster with deadlines to ignore, and you have to wonder if they still can't figure out why they didn't win the White House. It's been like a Mexican stand-off where no one's even got enough in them to load the freaking gun.
And even more importantly, you have to wonder why the hell they are going to go ahead and use the same damn playbook for another two fucking years.
Probably because 91% of them will probably be reelected, and as a result, we're 100% boned.
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