I know those words are how Obi Wan (Alec Guinness) described Mos Eisley in the original Star Wars movie, but I think it pertains to Washington D. C. just as much, if not more than it does to the fictitious Mos Eisley (sorry if I'm bursting the bubble of any die-hard Star Wars fans by referring to anything from the Star Wars universe as being "fictitious"). And I think the below illustrates the American frustration with the federal government:
I think a lot of the hatred of Bush is largely misplaced. I'm not saying he doesn't by and large deserve the contempt and disgust he has so diligently earned in his over six years in office. I'm just pointing out that while the power in the executive branch is much more centralized and thus it's much easier to find a scapegoat to blame all the country's troubles on one man than it is to focus that anger and discontent at its true source, the US Congress. Congress, being the body that writes laws and passes legislation is the most powerful branch of the federal government but that power is divided between 535 people (100 senators, 435 representatives). It's a bit more difficult to have 535 poster "children" for government corruption and inefficiency than it is to have 1 (in this case George W. Bush).
But even so, the Congressional disapproval is 7.5% higher than the Presidential disapproval. That is to say despite Bush being a much easier target, the American public is by and large much more fed up with Congress than they are with Bush.
Which begs the question (albeit rhetorical) "why?" And I know one doesn't generally answer rhetorical questions but this is one that the dimwits in Congress obviously need answered for them.
In 2006 the American people voted out the Republican controlled Congress. The Democrats didn't really have anything different or better to offer, that election was more of a house-cleaning of Congress than any mandate of the people. The Republicans in Congress who had taken control in 1994 with the promise to clean up the corruption and inefficiency of over 40 years of a Democratically controlled Congress had become just as corrupt as the Democrats they had been elected to replace.
The trouble is, when it comes to Congress corruption, stagnation and inefficiency know no party lines. Those who use the ass as their mascot are just as corrupt as those who have an elephant as their mascot. The American people wanted something different, better, and less corrupt in both 1994 and 2006 and the only thing that really changed in either of those elections was the mascot of the party in control.