Friday, December 14, 2012

Familiarity breeds support, at least in politics

By Richard K. Barry

Bloomberg reported yesterday that 90% of House members and 91% of U.S. Senators who sought reelection in 2012 were successful. This is a better return rate than was achieved in 2010 when 85% of House members and 84% of senators seeking reelection were able to win back their seats.

We all know that incumbency is a very powerful thing. It's just funny when approval ratings for our national institutions are so low, we still send the same folks back to their old jobs. 

I guess that means Americans may not like other people's representatives, but they like their own just fine. 

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