Could Congress go from bad to worse after election?
June 8th, 2012
06:44 PM ET
8 years ago

Could Congress go from bad to worse after election?

Washington (CNN) - Think this current climate of political polarization is bad?

Things could get even uglier in 2013.


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  1. Donkey Party

    If Americans are stupid enough to vote for Republicans, then yes, it can get worse, much worse.

    June 8, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Yes it could !

    Why don't they go on vacation and stay on vacation , it would cost us less just to pay them off with early retirement.
    Out source there jobs to some bureaucrats in India , that would cut on paying medical coverage for the do nothing congress

    My Childs third grade class could do a better job.

    Romney / Louie Gohmert
    2 heads are bigger then one 2012

    June 8, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Ed1

    They are doing what they were elected to do stop the out of control spending by Obama and his party.

    If you work for the government, union, getting welfare, and many other government hand outs you don't want the spending to stop and you really don't care how far in debt we go.

    Stop the spending of my tax dollars that we don't have and get a life.

    June 8, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    depends on who wins the election. If the Republicans are able to win the Senate, I bet then they will be willing to change the filibuster rules seeing the Democrats then could turn around and abuse it just as they did. And this would be evident especially if Romney wins the election. If the Democrats take back the House they will be busy trying to undue all the Tea Party Republicans did and once again I can see bitterness from the Dems if Romney wins. So yes it CAN get worse as long as these two parties refuse to work together. And if Romney wins the election his first appointment to the SCOTUS will try to be blocked by the Democrats for ANY reason they can come up with. I can see the Democrats trying to blcok Mitt at every turn as the GOP has done to Obama.

    June 8, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    If Romney should win the general election and his party maintains control of the House and ekes out a Senate majority, the newly minted president may still face some political headaches. Candidates down ballot may get a boost from a Romney win, but it is unlikely his party will net the 60 seats needed for a filibuster-proof Senate majority.
    The difference is Mitt Romney is not a partisan political hack. He has proven during his term as Governor of Massachusetts that he will work with whoever is interested in getting good results. This will make Washington DC much more effective for the nation as a whole than what we have seen in the last 3 1/2 years.

    June 8, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    For 40 years the Democrats had the Congress, House and Senate. Why are things no better than the 1930's ? Why isn't everything fixed today? Promises, made by the Liberals didn't work as planned. Why? People got what they asked for. Live with it or change your vote.

    June 8, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    If these republican Thugs are elected-you are darn right, yes, it goes worst, wild, Rich will declare WAR With IRAN...

    June 8, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. george of the jungle

    keep voteing those lying repos into office and the middle class will be in really bad shape. Forward.

    June 8, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. kelo

    How is it possible for Congress to become 'worse' than Harry Reid's Senate today, a 'deliberative body' he runs which is unable to produce a budget for 4 straight years?

    June 8, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    This is already a banana republic. And getting worse.
    We could start getting rid of the "supreme" court. Totally corrupt.
    Then firing congress. All of them.
    Them start from scratch. Without any money in politics, at all.
    Of course. that is impossible.
    That is why the USA is going to be number 3 in the world. At best.
    Get used to it.

    June 8, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. LIP

    Things could definitely get better. All we need to do is elect Romney and change the Senate to a majority of Republicans and things wiill get better.

    June 8, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Squigman

    How deep a hole do they need? A few more inches and we can all be buried in it. If it gets worse, take away their pay.

    June 9, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  13. Tony

    Yes. Never underestimate the ability of Republicans to stop the government from working, then blame the government for not working.

    June 9, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. mk1

    There is absolutely no question Congress could get worse, all it takes is for the Republicans to win the Senate and keep the House. God help us if Republicans sweep in November, our country will be in so much trouble. There is one bright side to that though. A very few at the very top will get away like bandits and make a killing if that were to happen and leave the rest of us to pick up the pieces and we will be too stupid to realize what has happened.

    June 9, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  15. chuck weidemann

    That's the whole problem....we are electing people who have forgotten the art of politics!! Both sides only know how to play the blame little kids yelling "he did it "..."no you did it" !!! If we keep the president we have to vote the bums out of congress and hope for the best. If we change the president we start another 4 years of getting even for the last four years! So the only way to fix this mess is vote Obama ....then set a 6 year one term limit on the presidency for all presidents who follow. Work it out or suffer for 6 years....think about it!!!!

    June 9, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Not if we reelect President Obama and throw all the bums who would rather see the US sink than do the job they are supposed to do which is help the US and its people.
    Having one single minded ideal of one term and who cares who gets hurt is beyond comprehension. Hate really goes deep with these folks, doesn't it?

    June 9, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. Living in the REAL world

    Just as in 2010, record numbers of leftist/socialist/"progressive"/communist Democrats will be removed from Congress and Obama will get the boot as well. The American people have seen and heard enough of their insane leftist rhetoric, class warfare and excuses. They have been running most of the government now for 6 years and look what those 6 years have brought us. Total disaster.

    June 9, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. Charlie from the North

    Well thanks to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, that question is entirely up to We the People. Thanks to the the right wing reactionaries in the black robes (AKA the Supreme Court) and their disastrous decision that corporations are people the monied interest are in a better position now than any time since Teddy Roosevelt broke up the "trusts" of the early 20th century. Well the corporate stooges on the court may have proclaimed that corporations are people and money is speech but they have not yet declared that dollars are votes. Unless or until they do the real power still rests with the people of this great land. Whether or not we are smart enough to use this power to dump the Tea Party out on their derrieres remains to be seen but until we do it will only get worse.

    June 9, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. clarke

    One would think it couldn't get any worse, but it will. I do not feel they are working for the the people, they have there own agenda and it has nothing to do with the people of the USA. You get what you reap. I find it so sad that our country in in such great pain, it is no one persons fault, everyone is to blame. It is shameful.

    June 9, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. ReaiityBites

    Only if Obama the divider is relected.

    June 9, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Joe

    Obama had a super majority in Congress two out of three of those yrs.., HELLO Halimah!

    June 9, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. GI Joe

    If it can, it will. More filibusters. More yelling. Less done for US.

    June 9, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Marry

    Too many people are not interested in what happens around them and what to do to build a future. Instead, a lot of people believe in the “End of the world” (the way they see it)! They “prepare” by building “bunkers”, buying “ammunition” and “food” that will last THEM forever. These are the cowardly people that love “doomsday” and hate the future. What a sad picture of an ones brave and promising country for everyone!

    June 9, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Could Congress go from bad to worse after election?◄
    Yes, but ONLY IF the Republicans continue to rule with their "do-something" rejections
    They will continue to follow that "far-right small minority" where their party now leans
    Making it very possible that [Things could get even uglier in 2013]

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    June 9, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |