Once again Gallup presents its poll results showing Congress' approval bouncing off the bottom. But the respondents like their own Congressman. See Congressional Re-Elect Measure Remains Near All-Time Low.
That has always been a riddle. But looking at our own Texas District 11 we can see how that happens. Representative Mike Conaway has been a consistent and enthusiastic cheerleader for farm bill pork. But he placates the constituents with remarks about immigration and other hot button issues.
Apparently, all it takes is for an incumbent to satisfy the voters on the issues that are in the headlines, and he gets a pass on everything else. Add to that voters' fear of change. Further add to that the massive amount of free advertising he gets from the local media. We should probably also add in the boatload of money the lobbyists and special interest groups drop at his doorstep.