The 2011 Congress received the “Worst Year in Washington ” award from Washington Post political writer Chris Cillizza. He noted how Congress “managed to underperform even the low regard in which the American people hold it,” adding that “the mismatch between the bigness of the country’s problems and the smallness of Congress drove the institution’s approval ratings down.” He gave President Obama a “bad year” award, noting how “the economic turnaround that the White House expected simply didn’t materialize, leaving Republicans to giddily bash the president as a know-nothing.” Newt Gingrich received a “good year” award for his improbable political comeback.
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