Mark Twain forever stamp issued by the United States Postal Service. (Courtesy of USPS/COURTESY OF USPS)

Twain, we can imagine, would be...oh, what’s the word? Appalled, perhaps? But hardly surprised. Twain held a poisonous disdain for Congress in particular and politics in general.

As politicians praise him, it’s worth remembering what Twain had to say about them:

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

“Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.”

“An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.”

“There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”

“All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.”