Is the Constitution to Blame for D.C. Gridlock?

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Along with Congress's productivity, Americans' trust in government has bottomed out.

According to the Pew Research Center, just 19 percent of Americans trust the federal government to do what's right just about always or most of the time. Back in 1958, when Pew started this survey, a great majority—73 percent of Americans—had that level of trust in the Eisenhower Administration and Congress at the time.

A lot has changed since Ike was in office. Jeffrey Toobin, attorney and staff writer for The New Yorker, writes persuasively in this week's magazine that the Constitution may be to blame. 

The American Constitution is the world's oldest still in use, but, as Toobin notes, even Thomas Jefferson believed that all constitutions should expire after 19 years at most. 

Toobin examines the partisan gridlock in Washington, discusses liberal and conservative critiques of the Constitution, and explores why our founding document may still result in the world's best government.