"Disillusionment and disgust"
That's what more and more Americans feel these days toward DC. From RealClearPolitics:
"What do these phenomena have in common? In two words: disillusionment and disgust," says Lara Brown, Villanova University political science professor.
Registered and likely voters, in particular, are disillusioned and disgusted with both parties and their candidates, who seem to over-promise, under-deliver, ask for too much and take advantage of their positions, explains Brown.
Americans are worn out by inflated rhetoric and Washington insiders who just months ago said they were outsiders.
Voters wonder what happened to candidates they elected to clean up Washington, stop partisan bickering and remove Wall Street titans who retained fat bonuses only because taxpayers bailed out their companies. ...
"When you look at all of these things, it is no great surprise that the thousands of tea party activists haven't embraced any one political party and that Glenn Beck's anti-administration, small-government, pro-individual-freedom tirade continues to draw some of the highest ratings of all three cable news networks," observes Brown.
What does all this portend? Very possibly a Ross Perot moment -- the emergence of someone with serious charts and serious language that angry Americans will see as more authentic than "hope and change."
Or it may portend something like this. Or this.