There’s little doubt – in my little mind, at least – that Congress has been the butt of jokes from the git-go. Cartoonists, essayists, academics, spurned politicians, pundits, comics, curmudgeons, the Mark Twains and Will Rogerses, on down to Letterman and Leno.

A lot of the humor and the point was, and is, to the effect that the country would be far better off should Congress actually, literally, do nothing. The evidence of the last year proves that thesis wrong. It’s not good for the country, and it’s not funny.

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