Folks are struggling like never before. We shouldn't be surprised that people are cynical. There is a level of cynicism that comes when you feel like no matter how hard you work, no matter how much you do, you never catch up and you certainly can't get ahead. So you don't believe that politics can do anything for you, you lose hope. Naturally, you fold your arms in disgust of the process.
Hm. I think there is also an element of cynicism that emerges from having highly-privileged, Ivy-League-educated, well-to-do lawyers who are married to U.S. senators discourse continually on the seemingly hopeless plight of those less fortunate then she.
Barack Obama may not yet have clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. But if there were an election for national Eeyore, his wife would have it in the bag.