Column: Congress must rise above dysfunctional, partisan cycle




A few weeks ago, the survey firm Public Policy Polling made headlines when it released a poll comparing Congress’s standing to a variety of unloved things.

Respondents did prefer our national legislature to the ebola virus, but otherwise the news was grim: Americans, the survey suggested, have a lower opinion of Congress than of head lice, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and root canals.

I’ll admit it: I chuckled, though I don’t really agree. Having experienced both, I put Congress well ahead of root canals.

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