More congressional staffer pessimism

If you read anything today, read this: ‘People Don’t Realize How Fragile Democracy Really Is’ – James Fallows – Politics – The Atlantic

It’s a follow up to the Lofgren stuff from the other day, this time with a reaction by someone who has worked as a Democratic staffer since before Clinton took office (and stopped after 2010 when his boss lost re-election). A snip:

I found myself agreeing with virtually everything in Mike’s article and immediately forwarded it to a bunch of my friends, some of whom remain working on the Hill.

Privately, many of us who have worked in Congress since before the Clinton Administration have been complaining about the loss of the respect for the institution by the Members who were elected to serve their constituents through the institution. I don’t think people realize how fragile democracy really is. The 2012 campaign is currently looking to be the final nail in the coffin unless people start to understand what is going on.

The mainstream media absolutely fails to understand how little attention average Americans really pay to what goes on in all forms of government. During our 2008 race, our pollster taught me (hard to believe it took me 24 years to learn this) that the average voter spends only 5 minutes thinking about for whom to vote for Congress.

I’m writing because now that I have been out of the Beltway Bubble, I have gained a little more perspective on how real people see the work of Washington, and I am scared that they are close to revolt.

 

 

 

 

 

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