There's a new CBS News/New York Times poll out which confirms something many of us have known or suspected for years: the voters are lot smarter than we think.
The basic finding is that more Americans than ever are dissatisfied with the way Congress works--just 12% approve. Actually, that ties a previous low recorded in 2008.
Why? That's easy. It's partisan, impotent, useless. What has it done?... (long, long pause.)
I can remember Congresses, when I started covering them years ago, that actually passed laws. Some were divisive--the 1964 Civil Rights Act, for instance, or the '65 Voting Rights Act. Some sparked filibusters. But they passed. I remember one of of this Congress's Senate leaders--I think it was Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, saying his party's most important goal was to make Barack Obama a one-term president. Nothing to do with defense, or education, or any issue. Just partisan politics.
Morton is a retired political reporter who worked in Washington for CBS News from 1964-1993 and for CNN from 1993-2006. He attended his first political convention in 1960 and has been to most of them since then.