VIDEO: Bennet says Congress is less popular than communism

Senator Michael Bennet is perhaps never in finer form than when he rails against his own kind. Armed with charts, he gave a funny, pointed floor speech earlier this week, where he noted that the approval rating of Congress stands at about nine percent today.

He compared that with the approval ratings of British Petroleum during the Deepwater spill (quite a bit higher) and with the percentage of people who think America should become communist (a little higher). He took care to note that he was not in that group.

“I get the feeling that people don’t think people are watching.” Wrong, he said. They are watching and they aren’t liking what they see. “At a minimum they would like to see us prevent things from getting worse.”

Talking about the impasse over the debt ceiling, which resulted in a downgrade of America’s credit rating, he said, “There is not a mayor in Colorado who would threaten their town’s credit rating for politics, not a one, not a Democrat, not a Republican, not a Tea Party Republican, not a one.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.