Yet every time voters throw the bums out -- firing Republicans in 2006, firing Democrats in 2010 -- the dynamic remains the same. Congress watchers fear matters will only get worse, regardless of who wields the gavels when the 113th Congress convenes next January.
While he declined to offer an assessment of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, or compare his performance to his own as minority leader from 1987-95, Dole criticized the "use and overuse" of the filibuster.
Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.
From a political standpoint, the Tea Party extremists are a godsend for Democratic politicians, since they offer up candidates like Rand Paul, who are the poster children for regressive, even racist, political ideologies.