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Showdown over shutdown was ‘ridiculous, disgusting, frustrating,…’

In a Pew/Washington Post poll, respondents were asked for the single word that best describes their impression of the recent budget negotiations that narrowly averted a partial government shutdown.

“Ridiculous” was the word most commonly given, followed in order by “disgusting,” “frustrating,” “messy” “disappointing,” “stupid” and “bull****.”

From Pew’s summary of the poll:

“Overall, 69% of respondents use negative terms to describe the budget talks, while just 3% use positive words; 16% use neutral words to characterize their impressions of the negotiations. Large majorities of independents (74%), Democrats (69%) and Republicans (65%) offer negative terms to describe the negotiations.”

Now on to negotiations over whether to raise the debt ceiling.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Nathan Roisen on 04/12/2011 - 09:08 am.

    I’m starting to think it is the American people, as much as their politicians, that are out of touch.

    Don’t get me wrong, the whole thing was a fiasco that doesn’t make anyone look good, but seriously, what do people expect?

    We sent a whole class of ideologues to Washington just five months ago; did people really think that, when engaged with the messy realities of government, negotiations with them would magically go smoothly, without any grandstanding, brinksmanship, or partisan games?

  2. Submitted by Joe Musich on 04/12/2011 - 10:23 am.

    Try this view :

    It about raps it all up. We got to wonder who we are as a nation.
    I think the unreported story is how we as a nation have arrived at this point. We look more foolish to the world on a daly basis. And we’ve never needed the world more then today.This view maybe counter American exceptionalism but it is what it is.

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 04/12/2011 - 11:26 am.

    I call it: “The Great Stupid” People complain about the politicians but those guys wouldn’t be there without votes. Like voting for Dayton and then voting Democrats out… and you’re surprised by the outcome? See my blog about it:

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