Ezra Klein notes that this really is the worst Congress ever. At least going by public approval: Congress will end the year with an 11 percent approval rating

Poll respondents in Connecticut or Idaho may not number this among their reasons for maligning the legislators, but we locals have a pretty hefty new set of grievances from 2011: Budget riders that strip the District of self-governance, attempts to “fix” D.C. hiring practices, and other continued attempts by members of Congress to turn the District into its personal laboratory.

(As an aside, I’m curious to know what the approval rating is for the D.C. Council. The last poll I could find was from March of this year—-when the council had a 54 percent approval rating, which was down from 62 percent the previous August.)

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