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Congress Ratings On The Way Up, McConnell Predicts

With the congressional session drawing to a close, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) made an unlikely forecast on Congress’ bottom-scraping approval ratings: They’re heading up.  

“You’ve watched the approval ratings tumble,” McConnell told reporters at a news conference today. “And I’ve said – somewhat tongue in cheek but maybe not totally tongue in cheek – that the new majority ought to be in the Guinness Book of Records for squandering approval faster than any new majority in history.”

“I will predict that those numbers are going to pick up some, as a result of the efforts that you’ve seen here in the last two weeks, where we have really met in the middle,” McConnell added. “We really have made compromises. We really showed we could govern. So, I would predict that the numbers, approval ratings of Congress may begin to pick up some. That doesn’t bother me at all.”

That’s right. Now that the Democrats lost some hard-fought battles on Iraq, energy and spending in the session’s last days, all is well again in the halls of power, according to McConnell.    

- Amie Parnes