Congress Has Completed Its Full Transformation Into a Pack of Surly Teenagers

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) pictured on February 9, 2005 in Washington, DC.
SO OVER IT. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Oh, so you hate Congress right now, America? Guess what? Congress totally doesn’t even want to be there either. They have way cooler things they’d rather be doing, that aren’t so boring and lame and hard. As Politico reports, “many leaving Congress say the prestigious job of being a congressman sucks now.” Yes, sucks.

If you go through all the things you have to do to get elected and you feel at the end of the day, you’re not pushing the ball forward, it’s time to go do something else,” [Oklahoma Democrat Dan Boren] said in a telephone interview as he ate yet another in a long string of lunches at the T.G.I. Friday’s in Terminal C of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

“I’m used to being a player,” Boren said, fondly remembering his days in the state Legislature as he lamented the dim prospects of a moderate moving up the ranks at a time when ideological purity has supplanted seniority as the primary factor in gaining power. “You want to get things done for your constituents. If you can’t ever become speaker or a committee chairman, why are you doing it?”

Why indeed, playa? Want to just ditch and smoke cigarettes in the car with me and Olympia? Maybe drive to the mall?