Almost nightly during the government shutdown, we heard reactions on national newscasts solicited from randomly selected Americans. The large majority of these middle Americans said something to the effect that Congress needed to get its act together, that members were behaving like children who insisted on getting their own way and who simply would not compromise.
Very few on these broadcasts properly singled out the congressional Republicans for blame. (Interestingly and reassuringly, a majority of letters to this newspaper over the shutdown period rightly held Republicans responsible for the shutdown and its great costs.)
Poskocil is professor emeritus at Hollins University.