I’m thinking this is a good thing:
Americans are extremely displeased with Congress, and there are already some signs that this could take a toll on the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. Currently, 37% express a favorable opinion of Congress, while 52% hold an unfavorable view. Positive opinions of Congress have declined by 13 points since April and are now at one of their lowest points in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys.
It’s not good that Congress is doing such a poor job, but it’s good that people are noticing and becoming politically active. I’ve always had a problem with those who say, “it doesn’t matter who you vote for as long as you vote.” It does matter who you vote for, and I prefer a non-voter to an uneducated one. But it seems like more people are actually paying attention these days, and activism based on substance must be a good thing.
Another thing: The Republicans blew it and we rightly “threw the bums out.” The Democrats are blowing it worse, so hopefully we’ll toss them out as well. The question is whether the political class will get the message and reform themselves. I’m not optimistic.