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  •  And everyone's Congresscritter and Senators, too (3+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, wishingwell, emidesu

    You'd think with a 20-something approval rating there wouldn't be an incumbent  Congressmember re elected anywhere anytime soon.

    You'd be wrong, of course.  

    •  Part of it is disapproval of gridlock (1+ / 0-)
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      which naturally leads to a "blame the other side" attitude. But mainly, a Congresscritter is likely to be of the same party as a highly partisan seat (which most seats are), and spends half their time building up support back home, in addition to voting with their consituency on regional issues (e.g. Baldwin (D-WI) and Ribble (R-WI) working on a bill to stop Chinese paper dumping and both bragging about it). I say this as someone who disapproves of Congress, but will be excited to vote for my Congresswoman in Wisconsin's US Senate race.

      Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

      by fearlessfred14 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 09:52:17 AM PDT

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      •  Well ... I've got Peter King (R) NY 3rd CD ... (1+ / 0-)
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        who, for some reason is absolutely untouchable ... and if Junior NY Sen Gilabrand isn't in his corner  Senior Senator Chuck Schumer certainly IS.

        But that aside ... I get it that all the people who disapprove of the Other Party's congresspeople added together add up to at least 80% of the electorate ...

        However ... I don't think the blame for "gridlock" can really be apportioned 50/50 under the "both sides do it" rubric.

        One party is doing most of the blocking, both legislation AND Presidential appointments -- and it's the same party that puts "poison pills" into House bills  ...

        Guess who ?

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