As Washington Keeps Sinking, Governors Rise

Washington these days is the symbol of governmental failure, rocked by a shutdown, legislative paralysis and the disastrous debut of President Obama’s health care program. Public opinion of Mr. Obama and members of Congress is on a steady decline. But something different is taking place in statehouses. …

The difference is reflected in polling. In the latest CBS News poll, 85 percent of respondents expressed disapproval of the performance of Congress, and 49 percent expressed disapproval of Mr. Obama. By contrast, less than a third of respondents in a variety of state polls said they disapproved of the performance of governors like Mr. Christie; Jerry Brown of California, a Democrat; Bill Haslam of Tennessee, a Republican; and Mike Beebe of Arkansas, a Democrat. CONT.

Adam Nagourney & Jonathan Martin, New York Times