Rep. Hoyer blames voters for gridlock

On the heels of President Obama's "Malaise Speech," Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer has pointed the finger of blame for congressional dysfunction at the American people, more specifically at American voters. Hoyer told The Hill newspaper that congressional conflict is the consequence of elections. So far, so good. But here's where it gets tricky: "The American people have every right to be angry [and] disappointed by the performance of the Congress," Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol. "Of course, the American people have also elected people with hard stances, so that to some degree the American people are realizing the results of their votes.  "If elections have consequences -- which I think they do -- some of those consequences are getting what you vote for," Hoyer added. "In this case, many people voted for people who thought compromise was not something that they ought to participate in." Democrat Hoyer clearly remains upset with the outcome of the...(Read Full Post)