(Daily Beast) -- According to the polls, Americans favor root canal surgery over Congress. Cockroaches are more popular than our elected federal legislators. Even the sporting world’s most reviled creature—the replacement referees of the NFL—are more liked than the denizens of Capitol Hill.
Our national revulsion for Congress is bipartisan. Republicans and Democrats have equal distrust for the legislative branch, no matter who is running the show. This disdain stems from anger at intrusive Congressional action and feckless Congressional inaction. It also stems from the fact that Congress seems utterly detached from the rest of the nation, or even the planet.
The two Congressional leadership options, proffered by the major parties, are John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi. Both are longtime political hacks, constantly clawing their way to power and then doing almost nothing to rekindle America’s faith, trust and veneration of our national legislature.
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