Nowhere for new Congress to go but up?

Here’s the first thing that members of the 113th Congress need to know, Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza wrote: “People hate you.” Though Congress’ approval ratings have been declining for some time, they hit a new low during the 112th Congress, which in terms of bills passed was the least-productive Congress in history. But on the positive side, things can’t get worse. “After all, 2012 was the lowest yearlong congressional approval rating in the history of Gallup polling,” Cillizza wrote, “so the expectation is that the bottom has been reached.” At least we can hope.