Why Politicians Like a Crisis

From Q&O, a running tally of opinion polls with the public's approval rating of Congress.

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The answer to my question, "Why do Politicians Like a Crisis" seems simple:  Because we train them to do so.  American politicians are never so well loved as in a time of crisis.  Just look at the September 11 bump for Congress.

  • Silent-Fire

    Could we have a scale that is vaguely useful on the X axis? It doesn't have to be linear, but maybe exponential or something?

  • TCO

    I thought you meant to say why McKinsey partners like corporate machinations. But (like Twain) I repeat....

  • Steve

    On 9/11 our congress spoke with a single voice, and enjoyed approval ratings of 84%. Today they're frittering away their days 'investigating' everything, taking partisan pot shots at one another, and doing nothing...and enjoy an 18% approval rating. Is there a lesson in here somewhere?

  • Jody

    Today they're frittering away their days 'investigating' everything, taking partisan pot shots at one another, and doing nothing...and enjoy an 18% approval rating. Is there a lesson in here somewhere?

    Actually, I highly approve of Congress doing nothing. In fact, the more nothing they manage to do, the more I approve.

  • markm

    Jody: All too true. The worst feature of the average American voter is that he expects the politicians to do something.

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