David Harsanyi

Pollsters tell us that an increasingly cynical electorate, which viewed government as overreaching, was responsible for the dramatic political reversal in November.

So does it make any sense to allow rejected senators -- such as Robert Bennett, Blanche Lincoln and Arlen Specter -- to help kill earmark reform in the Senate this week, seeing as none of them will experience the consequences of voting to preserve a corrupted process?

Congress has the choice to convene or not -- the latter being a true victory for progress.

But if Washington is "broken," it is by those who abuse power in the name of moving forward. And the lame-duck Congress is just another example.

David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.