The collective noun seems a perfect description for a group of obliviots - and sadly, there's no shortage of them. According to Dr. David A. Dunning, a psychology professor at New York's Cornell University, incompetent people don't realize that they're incompetent because the skills people need to recognize incompetence are the same skills they need to be competent in the first place.
Accordingly, incompetent people tend to be convinced that they are, in fact, competent - and likely far more competent than average - even though everything they touch turns to crap.
This fact goes a long way toward explaining why the collective term, "a Congress of obliviots" rings so convincingly true: currently, 22% of Americans approve of the Republican-led Congress, according to a new Pew Research poll.
What is especially significant is that the poll shows this anger is bi-partisan. Only 41% of Republicans approve of the performance of the GOP congressional leadership. This is much lower than the 60% approval rating GOP leaders received in 2011 and the 78% approval rating they received from Republicans in 1995, months after the party took control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.
The problem appears rooted in the fact that establishment Republicans exhibit a disturbing tendency to behave like little Democratics; by way of example, they've campaigned on vows to repeal Obamacare and to nullify his illegal amnesty programs - and once safely in office, turned around and funded them. They may be aware that they're alienating their base, but they're also demonstrating that they just don't care. They are, however, fast approaching a tipping point in which the base strongly rejects them.
And the obliviots are likely to emerge on the losing side.