The Dark Days of the 112th Congress -- PICTURES
December 2, 2011 | 1:02 p.m.
As Major Garrett explains in this week's National Journal, the first year of the 112th Congress has been far from stellar. In crisis after crisis, he writes, "a tiny band of lawmakers -- sometimes leaders, sometimes ad hoc negotiators, sometimes members of a special committee -- huddled in secret and stumbled their way to either a resolution or a standoff. Meanwhile, everyone else in Congress stood by, waiting for the crisis to pass."
In the gallery below, we take a look at the biggest failures in the Capitol -- and the upcoming battles that could easily lead to more.