A new Gallup poll asked Democrats and Republicans how they would fix Congress. Their answers explain just about everything you need to know about the two parties today.
Republicans want to fire them all.
Democrats, meanwhile, want them to get along better.
That might be an overly simplistic reading of the poll above, but there's a lot of truth behind it.
Democrats' third option is also in the vein of cooperation: Making members more responsive to their constituents. So basically, Democrats want peace, love and harmony, with a little accountability mixed in.
However, Democrats are feeling a bit revolutionary too. Seventeen percent of them also think kicking out all incumbents is the best way to fix Congress. And since Congress is unlikely to start working together anytime soon, all those idealistic Democrats might move to Plan B soon.
The Democrats' kumbaya impulse isn't nearly as prevalent on the other side. Only 8 percent of Republicans think more bipartisan cooperation or working together is the best way to fix the legislative branch, and just 7 percent cite more accountability. They prefer term limits or shorter terms, which were the second most popular conservative choice, with 18 percent. And term limits are basically pre-planned firing, so 39 percent of Republicans seem to want to dispatch most politicians from Capitol Hill as quickly as possible.
Is it any wonder there is one party in American politics that is much more preoccupied with infighting and purity?
Seventeen percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats had no idea what could possibly fix Congress (put us in this camp). One percent of Americans agree with Sarah Palin in thinking that firing President Obama is the quickest way to fix Congress's ills.
Three percent of respondents said that nothing could be done to fix Congress, which is probably the correct response.
Why the despair? Americans loathe Congress right now. Democrats and Republicans both prefer hemorrhoids to the upper and lower chambers.
Not only right now, either. This is a fiery hatred that's been simmering all year.
Americans are so disappointed in Congress that it's basically impossible to think of another modern midterm that took place amid such a high level of rage.
In short, you best watch out, Congress. Everyone hates you. Nearly a quarter of the country can think of nothing better than to unseat all of you.
Or, you know, you could do nothing, Congress. Because most of those Americans aren't going to vote. And the vast, vast majority of congressional incumbents will be summarily sent back to the jobs Americans say they are failing so badly at -- with ease.
So keep dreaming, America. Maybe Congress will work together or institute term limits one day.
One very far-away day.