Anybody better than those elected

SUBHEAD: Public wouldn't mind selecting representatives from random mix out of a phone book. By Jason Linkins on 8 February 2012 for Huffington Post - ( Image above: But will it play in Peoria? Pile of Peoria phonebooks. From ( Just how much do ordinary Americans dislike the group of legislators who are currently spending their days babbling at each other in the House of Representatives and the Senate?

So much so that they would now actually be pretty okay if all of the lawmakers were replaced by people selected at random out of a phone book. (A "phone book" is something people used to keep in their homes to look up other people's numbers, before the Internet and the dawning awareness that we didn't actually want to talk to people anymore -- because, gah, what is the point anyway? -- made them basically obsolete.)

Or so says the latest poll from Rasmussen Reports:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 43% believe a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree with that assessment, while another 19% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

I think that in this case, those who say they're "not sure" whether they want to replace all of America's legislators with a random group of people pulled from the White Pages are as good as saying "yes." Perhaps they won't be sold on the idea until they get to see what page, at random, is selected to furnish our new overlords.

At any rate, we're one step closer to just giving up and impaneling the diners at a Ruby Tuesday to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.

See also: Rasmussen: 43% Say random choice from phone book over elected representatives


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