Spin Control

Help a reader out: Is anyone worth your vote?

A concerned (or maybe angry? perplexed? disgusted?) reader writes:

Can you give any good reason to vote for any of our present congressmen(women). They, not the president have failed the country. just what have they done in congress to solve the problem. After all they make the laws not the President of the United States. My advice is to can them all and let a new bunch have a shot at making progress. Who's president does not matter it is the congress that matters. Can the bums -- donh

Maybe he's a bit more frustrated than usual. Maybe Congress did something last week -- or failed to do something last week -- that set him off.

Spin Control 2.0 is not in the habit of defending members of Congress, although we have reported on the noteworthy things that many of them have done over time. And considering this is election season, a kind word might show up as an endorsement in an incumbent's direct mail ad, and a nasty one could end up in the opponent's hit piece.

But if you could answer him, what would you say? Can anyone out there make a case for returning any or all members of Congress to their jobs in November? Or do you agree with the "Throw the bums out" sentiment?

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