"we Americans still expect some decorum from our elected officials."
I laughed when I read that. Marion Barry was just re-elected to the Washington City Council by a wide margin and Charlie Rangel got 91% of the vote in New York. Obama was re-elected easilly even thugh he routinely has trouble differentiating between the truth and what he wants to say.
48% of the voters might expect qualified, honorable representitives but 52% could care less.