The message from a recent Gallop poll for Wyoming’s congressional delegation is a simple one: Smart money is your job is safe, so feel free to talk less and work more.

The July survey suggested what similar polls have said since the 1960s, according to James King, head of the political science department at the University of Wyoming. Locals don’t blame Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso or Rep. Cynthia Lummis for the problems in Washington. As the polls go, our guys and gal aren’t the problem.

We back it up by re-electing them. Again and again. All three are in their third terms. None of their most recent campaigns could be described as competitive. Lummis faced the stiffest challenge in 2012; she won with 68 percent of the vote.

Nationwide, congressional incumbents win re-election 90 percent of the time.

“For a long time we’ve known that people love their members of Congress but hate their Congress as a whole,” King told the Star-Tribune’s Kyle Roerink. “It’s not a new trend.”

We recognize that part of the dilemma is a numbers game. Lummis is but one of 435 representatives; Enzi and Barrasso are two of 100. We elect them again and again because, as King put it, they “share our values, but we disagree with many of the others.”

But the overriding frustration stems from recent failures and fumbles by the D.C. comics as a whole.

Sequestration, Obamacare, departmental scandals and embarrassments, out-of-control debt and that overblown fiscal cliff have many believing that government at the national level is beyond repair. Yet, overwhelmingly, we continually send the same group responsible for the widespread mess back to Washington to play point-the-finger rather than fix-the-problem.

The Wyoming trio is, unfortunately, keen at the former. From loaded press releases to a bevy of national television appearances, our guys and gal talk a big game. The made-for-media moments of outrage are a D.C. rite of passage.

We continue to hear from them all the ills of Obamacare, but we don’t see a lot of middle ground. We’d feel better if they outlined their successes and struggles with compromise rather than their best efforts to thwart it.

Government works best when those making the decisions are working toward solutions.

For voters, that means we should expect more of our elected officials. We wouldn’t have elected them if we didn’t like them. And there’s good reason to continue to like them. But that doesn’t mean they should get a free pass on doing the work of Wyoming and the work of the country.

Few would argue that there’s too much of that happening in the capital right now.

Here’s an idea for Enzi, Barrasso and Lummis: Your re-election is virtually guaranteed. Don’t be afraid to work. Don’t be afraid to lead. Don’t be afraid to compromise.

Do something.

Contact Assistant Managing Editor David Mayberry at 307-266-0633 or david.mayberry@trib.com. Read his blog at www.trib.com/alphabetsoup. Follow him on Twitter@David_Mayberry.

(8) comments

jackel
jackel

To The right of passage for our represenatitives is to do something I agree. The reason they don't is why should they, for who cares? Take for example Warren Airforce Base in Cheyenne. If for some strange reason it was shut down for fisical debt reduction. Wyoming's delegation would jump on the bandwagon and scream bloody murder. When in reality that would reduce the military spending budget helping the Nation.
The reality is that our 435 members have a system which keeps the masses in check. First on the list is Fear, second on the list is threats, and finally take it away. Combine these elements and low and behold they're elected.
We the people are chickens, running around squaking, scratching at the dirt, pecking at the problems, but when the foxes of Congress spread out the grains of our tax money. We all go lay eggs

IrishRaider
IrishRaider

Why should Wyoming's congressional delegation compromise when the traitor democrats stab them and the USA in the back at EVERY turn.

Completely Fed Up
Completely Fed Up

Seems to me all of them are traitors, as far as that goes, rethuglican and democrap alike. The poll result is unsurprising given the level of willful ignorance in the state ... especially among fourth-genation types, who still live in an "America (Wyoming), Love It or Leave It" mindset.

People are getting angry, though, as much at that state of mind as at the way the country has been destroyed by the wealth-serving neoliberal philosophy that the Wyoming Triplets embody without question. And, guess what? We will prevail, and those of us in Wyoming will remain here, for all your bellowing about going back where we came from. Incidentally, those are the states that provide the federal welfare dollars to people like you, since Wyoming always gets back more federal dollars than it pays in federal taxes ... especially the welfare ranchers.

conservation know it all
conservation know it all

Your comment on Wyoming getting more federal dollars than it pays in federal taxes concerned me. So I googled it and found an article which unfortunately supported your assertion. There is plenty of welfare in agriculture but grazing a parcel of land (that can be accessed by anyone) should not be considered welfare. I do have a dog in the fight though. Back to the original point of Wyoming receiving more federal dollars than it pays in taxes seems to be somewhat reasonable when considering over 1/2 the land mass of the state is owned by the government. Still, it's a valid point and we need to fight to get off that teat.

Salty Dawg
Salty Dawg

You have a lot of audacity to call Democrats traitors when the other party is absolutely no better.Turn off Limbaugh and Fox noise.

lllggg
lllggg

The pride of Wyomingites has always been their compassion and kindness toward others. Our representatives forget this; they make good money and are unwilling to protect and care for our returning veterans; do not care if educational standards are met in WY, do not care if children have breakfast. They make good money; and are there to be supportive of their party.
What I don't understand is how they can rally behind the 47% statement, how they can rally against the EPA with the numbers of cancer to population in our state, how they fight against safety in the workplace, how they rally against education, national treasures like Yellowstone are inconvenient to them. These are not Wyomingites; these are greedy, egotistical losers whom we faithfully go to the polls and re-elect. For some reason too many Wyomingites let these three walk all over our backs; just because they have an R by their name.

IrishRaider
IrishRaider

Hey CST learn how to spell. It is the GALLUP POLL. Not gallop which is what a horse does

Robotoad
Robotoad

Where's the choice??? Enzi is up for re-election and his primary competition is Liz Cheney???? She would be much worse. To run for an office, it requires milions upon millions of dollars to win. Another problem that can't be fixed. Washington and our state capitals have become a place for our "leaders" to make money sucking on Americas teet. At least the mob tries to hide their shady dealings.

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