Hail to the Co-Chiefs

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Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

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Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

The national government is broken, and the public is justifiably disgusted. Approval ratings for Congress have fallen to all-time lows—an average of about 15 percent, but as low as 10 percent, in February and August 2012.

As these ratings suggest, observers lay most of the blame for political dysfunction with Congress. Partisan polarization has left legislators too keen to support a president from their party and too eager to obstruct a president from the other