This clip makes very little sense to me.
Friday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) made an appearance to discuss a few topics. Among them, was the view that the Senate (and Congress as a whole) is getting less accomplished as the years go on.
Chambliss admitted that the atmosphere in Congress isn’t as friendly as it used to be. However, he blamed C-SPAN of all things for the decline in the bipartisan spirit. Because the cable network records much of the Senate proceedings throughout the day, Chambliss rationalized that they are causing people to “grandstand” for their states on live television.
It’s such a passive-aggressive and ass-backward argument.
Sen. Chambliss needs to look at the 100 U.S. senators as the real cause of the decline in their lawmaking body. Cameras or not, they are not doing a job they were elected to handle in Washington, D.C.
C-SPAN’s programming is not nearly the most exciting thing to watch. So, to say the network is the issue is all wrong. They simply mount a camera and film what’s going on. It’s not a “reality show” where they tell people to act an ass for ratings.
It’s personal accountability, like in this situation, that’s one of several things missing in Washington.
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Why do you feel there is so much inaction in the U.S. Senate and Congress as a whole?
Thanks to Talking Points Memo for the heads-up on the Chambliss clip.