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Published July 27 2013

Forum editorial: Congressional Teflon seems to be eroding

Last week’s Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, one of the better national surveys of public opinion, found approval of Congress at an all-time low, and President Barack Obama’s job approval at about the same level of President George W. Bush’s at this point in Bush’s second term. None of the findings was a surprise.

Closer examination revealed a wrinkle that should alarm members of Congress. While Congress as a whole has been held in rock-bottom regard for some time, the poll showed individual members are slipping. That’s new. It used to be Americans love their congressman but hate Congress. As Congress, in particular the stop-everything House, embraces gridlock, the blame seems to be shifting where it belongs: on obstructionists who mix the concrete of gridlock.

Maybe they’ll get the message. Or maybe they’ll have to wait until “throw the rascals out” includes once-loved Teflon congressmen.


Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.