More Republican weakness
via Pew Research Center;
Recent surveys suggest this Congress has largely failed to meet even the modest expectations of the public. In surveys taken in July and early August of registered voters as well as the general public, the percentage who approve of the job Congress has been doing has averaged about 27%.
With three months left in its two-year term, the polls suggest that the 109th Congress has made its mark on the public mostly for what it hasn't done.
A survey by the Pew Center for the People & the Press in June found that 45% of registered voters said the current Congress had accomplished "less than usual." That's double the proportion who expressed a similarly sour view four years ago and even higher than the 38% level of dissatisfaction recorded on the eve of the 1994 election.
Maybe it is a good thing they will work less than 80 days this year or else they might screw up even more and do even more harm.