"Once upon a time, the Senate was a shining beacon of at least semi-intelligent discourse -- living, breathing,
debating proof of the success of America's experiment in democracy. It was Rome, when Rome was in its heyday.
These days it's more like Rome right before the fall of the empire -- brimming with arrogance, stupidity, influence-peddling
and near-constant partisan hackery, and overrun by self-serving clowns drunk on their own grandiose sense of importance
and always on the lookout for the next illicit sexual encounter."
I don't think I could improve on that. I like this Chez Pazienza. I lifted this quote off Bartcop, but his link didn't take me to the source of the quote. I think I need to search the Innertubes.