In modern American politics, there are no eternal winners—only two unpopular major parties that take turns losing. According to the latest Economist/YouGov polling data, forty-one per cent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party and thirty-six per cent have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party. The ratings for individual politicians are often even worse, particularly for those who have been around for a long time. According to the Economist/YouGov data, only thirty-two per cent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader. Just twenty-one per cent have a favorable opinion of his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell.
Arguments can be had about what led to this lamentable situation. Was it social media? Negative advertising? Partisan media coverage? Or are the elected officials responsible? Is the great American public right to suspect that most politicians are irredeemably corrupt—or, at least, that they are trapped in a broken system?