Of course, lots of useful idiots are non-elected bureaucrats (AKA apparatchiks — some of them really homely chicks). They can live anywhere they wish, and lots of us wish they would find somewhere else, say, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Palestine or Venezuela; they won't because they are not that idiotic, even though some of them seem to think that those are great places for other people to continue doing whatever they are doing.
And, of course, leaving aside these who collect pay checks from the United Nations and live in or near New York City, there are actually some useful idiots who don't reside or even live in the United States. They, along with the rest, must be useful to someone, but certainly not to anyone I know — with one single exception: They provide easy targets to despise and to rant against. This has great therapeutic value and can even help in a methadone sort of way to get over addictions to fuzzy logic.
By definition, to qualify as a useful idiot it is necessary to be useful (except as noted above), to someone or something I dislike. House Speaker
Nanny Nancy Pelosi — now third in line for the Presidency and most likely to remain so for several more years — is a highly useful idiot, and not only because she provides an easy target for rants. This is an important point, and one worth dwelling on at least briefly.
A recent Gallup Poll confirms what many lawmakers say they're hearing from their constituents: that confidence in Congress has never been lower. Only 12 percent of Americans say they have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress as an institution – the lowest level ever for any US institution since Gallup began asking the question 35 years ago. Congressional job approval, a slightly different question, has dropped to 18 percent.
Pollsters say it's tough to sort out why Congress now ranks so low [This just shows why pollsters can't find real jobs]. "In general, Americans are responding negatively to everything we put in front of them," [pretty hard to figure that out as well] says Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll in Princeton, N.J. Government institutions, especially, are at or near their lowest ratings to date. [Wow! Really?] But when pollsters ask if voters think that their local member of Congress deserves to be reelected, the response is usually positive. More than 90 percent of incumbents who opt to stay in Congress are typically reelected. (emphasis and commentary added)
This confirms the thesis, set forth above, that the folks back home are delighted to have their Members of Congress stay as far away as possible. The same article implies that forty percent of the population thinks the Republicans still control the Congress, that forty-eight percent think that Santa Claus is in charge, and that the remaining twelve percent think that the Congress is part of the UN (an understandable misconception). Seventy-two percent think that the House and the Senate (not to mention the White House, the Supreme Court and the other branch of Government, the Mass Media) should be sent to Mars. Twenty-eight percent, mainly environmentalists, think they should be sent somewhere outside the galaxy.