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May 21, 2012 8:55 AM Me Talk Pretty One Day?

By John Sides

Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of the Congressional Record using Capitol Words.
Of course, what some might interpret as a dumbing down of Congress, others will see as more effective communications. And lawmakers of both parties still speak above the heads of the average American, who reads at between an 8th and 9th grade level.

From new analysis by Lee Drutman at the Sunlight Foundation’s blog.  You’ll never guess whose speeches score higher than the Declaration of Independence.

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

John Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University.