Congress sucks

Congress sucks

: That’s what I love about blogs: No mincing, dicing, slicing, saucing words. Congress sucks. That pretty much says it. They’re going berserk over their pandering grandstanding and not paying attention to business and the American people hate them for it.

Sunday, David Brooks goes after not the left fringe or the right fringe but the wimpy middle for not bringing sense to the senseless and averting a nuclear meltdown:

As we descend down this path, the moderates are being serenaded for their valiant efforts to find a compromise. I’m all for valiant efforts, but why do the independent types always have to be so ineffectual? Why do they always have to play their accustomed role: well-intentioned roadkill?

The answer, to be blunt, is that some of the moderates are moderates out of conviction. They do have courage. But many moderates are simply people who feel cross-pressured by different political forces, and their instinctive response is to shrink from pressure. They lack spirit to take risks, to actually lead.

These 12 senators believe the looming nuclear showdown will be terrible for their institution. They had a deal within their grasp that would have headed this off, a deal that was just and fair: up or down votes for nominees and respect for minority rights. But as I write, they haven’t been able to put it together.

No more sweetheart press for the responsible middle. Put up or shut up.

  • Link to the David Brooks piece, please?

  • David

    >the wimpy middle
    You are one of the founders aren’t you Jeff?

  • Thomas Jefferson himself said it: “That government is best which governs the least.”
    Bring on the gridlock!

  • syn

    Why won’t the senators simply vote? What is the problem with either voting yes or no? Why push the issue to such extremes?
    These are questions which need answers.

  • Mike

    The Republicans should actually force the Democrats to filibuster. Could you imagine the negative press generated by showing, 24/7, the Democratic Senators constantly talking, reading from the phone book, and etc. It would be hilarious.
    Why the Republicans are risking the negative impact changing the rules would entail is beyond me.

  • That’s what you like about blogs — David Brooks? I thought you were going to post to … oh a blog.
    The Brooks piece WAS good, though.