Rules for Radicals

Rep. Matt Gaetz, left, and Rep. Jim Jordan are seen during a break in testimony at a hearing in Raybturn Building on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images)

Americans are fed up with what is now literally a do-nothing Congress. Sixty-seven percent of respondents in a new poll taken before the latest maneuvers by House Republicans said that the chamber needs to elect a speaker “as soon as possible.”

And that’s with the shady prompt in one question of the poll by Suffolk University for USA Today: “I don’t care if Congress elects a speaker. Every day that goes by without a speaker means that Congress can’t waste more of our tax dollars.” Not only is that misleading, since government waste continues and, in theory, could be even worse without congressional oversight, but it’s also a prompt that is basically trolling for conservatives.

Even with that crummy wording, the poll could still scrape up only 25 percent of the electorate that wanted a speakerless House.

Yet, in the same poll, 61 percent of respondents expressed very little or no confidence “in the nation’s leaders to handle the major challenges the nation faces.” 

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