WASHINGTON (AP) — All the grumbling about the just-ended government shutdown is serving as a reminder that it was voters who sent these members of Congress to Washington.
And those legislators really are a reflection of their constituents.
John Adams — who later became America's second president — wrote in 1776 that legislators "should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large."
More than 200 years later, political observers say members of the current entangled House do reflect how their constituents feel.
But that doesn't mean people are ready to take responsibility the failings of their members of Congress.
People tend complain about tone-deaf Washington politicians. But they often look more favorably on their own representatives on Capitol Hill.