Keller @ Large: Anger In Congress Reaches New Heights

MILTON (CBS) – Congressman Steve Lynch of South Boston knows the old maxim: everyone hates Congress in general, but loves their own representative.

But the CNN poll in the wake of the debt-ceiling debacle finds that for the first time in decades, less than half the voters say their own Congressman deserves reelection. Among crucial independents, only one third are satisfied.

“It’s been warranted some times, that low rating,” says Rep. Lynch. “Other times I think people don’t understand how complex it is, to get 218 votes down in Congress.”

WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller Is At Large

Maybe so, but after watching this bi-partisan descent into record debt voters in East Milton Square seem clear on one thing — they feel fleeced by Washington, and they don’t like it.

“Cut the bull and get down to business,” said one man getting his haircut.

A woman said she thought they were being “selfish” for their own careers.

And you wonder, how much progress will the vaunted super-committee make when Nancy Pelosi, who will appoint three of the 12 members, is claiming the Republicans don’t really want deficit reduction, but only to as she says, “destroy the public space that is Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”

That light at the end of the tunnel seems awful far away.

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  • mikey

    Fifty bucks says that the super-committee will produce nothing other than super-gridlock.

    After witnessing the debt-ceiling fiasco, I ‘d like to kick the cans of some Congressmen down the road.

    Congress is dysfunctional. Our nation’s fiscal trainwreck is just up ahead. Is there any wonder why “we the people” are outraged?

  • BostonIrish

    Mikey, I disagree. We’re already witnessing the train wreck, and it is Congress.

    • mikey

      After watching these idiots in action I say Congress has been reduced to a prairie meet.

      Our nation will limp along on a few more borrowed trillions, then what?


  • Willow

    I agree that we are witnessing the train wreck. I think people need to come out of their coma and realize what is happening in this country. Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

  • Ed Hall

    I like my Rep, but hate both my Senators and wish we could replace them. Brown favors the rich over everyday people, and Kerry is the weakest man in the Senate.

  • Mark

    They all need to go that is the greatest signal we can send. All these polls mean nothing because they (Congress) always cover the sores with band-aids for election time. The populace is worn down by long election cycles – primaries, conventions, incessant tv & radio ads, scare tactics. It is always the same and after election and the smoke clears it stays the same for another 4 years than it repeats, over and over and we complain again & again and nothing changes. Wake up out there! Get rid of these career pols and get new blood in there and keep it up every election, don’t let any of them get comfortable.

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