Political Analyst: Shaking up Congress isn't likely


Reporter - Kendall Downing

MARION, Ill. - An NBC/WSJ poll shows 60% of Americans would fire every member of Congress if they could. That's the highest percentage ever recorded.

The "throw them out" attitude slowly took hold over the last three years. In October of 2010, 47% of Americans said they'd fire every member of Congress.

By August of 2011, 54% said they'd toss every lawmaker from Congress. And by January 2012, 56% echoed that opinion.

But a local political analyst said it will be highly unlikely for your frustrations to follow into the next election year.

Wednesday, Dustin McGuire concentrated on pushing his daughter Quinn at the park. The veteran also had Congress and its dysfunction in the back of his mind.

"Congress is no more a representative Congress. It's a lobbyist Congress," he said.

Dr. John Jackson with SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute said it's no surprise voters want to kick out everyone in Congress.

But Jackson said that's not logical or possible.

"No matter how bad their behavior is from a national interest standpoint, they're going to go back home. And nobody in the majority is going to vote them out," he said.

Take the House of Representatives, for instance. Jackson said 400 voting districts are tailored to the incumbent, leaving only 35 up in the air.

He said Congress now deals with crisis after crisis, meaning, come election time, the shutdown might be forgotten.

"Can we use elections to remedy this problem? Probably not. The Congress and leaders are going to have to wake up," said Dr. Jackson.

We asked our Facebook fans if they would hold the government shutdown against lawmakers, and we got almost 200 responses from all sides of the political spectrum.

Dustin McGuire said the toughest part is knowing who will suffer from it all, the youngest Americans, like his daughter.

"My kids, my grandkids will never see the end of this crippling debt," he said.