Pelosi: 'Congress Has Always Been A Mockery'

By Craig Bannister | April 4, 2012 | 10:46 AM EDT

“Congress has always been a mockery,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared in an interview on “The Charlie Rose Show” Monday night.

Commenting on the public’s current low opinion of Congress, Pelosi said “Congress has always been a mockery since the beginning of our country”:

“Congress has always -- let`s put this in perspective -- Congress has always been a mockery since the beginning of our country and if you looked at the history of it, they`ve always been fighting over one thing or another. When Speaker Polk, one of the only speakers, I think, to become President of the United States…”

“He -- he -- he said "This place is so out of order then I`m not going to recognize anybody."

Pelosi then said that shunning “civility” in Congressional debate is “a tactic by obstructionists”:

“But, the fact is, is that if you can get civility back – and that’s why the public has to be part of the solution. They have to demand and insist on the stability because it’s a tactic by obstructionists. If you want to obstruct, you make it so unpleasant that no one wants to pay attention.”

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