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Sure, I'm just some vermin trying to score some fake internet points on PSE, and the perfect answer is beyond me, but I have a feeling that becoming pro is within my reach, so please hold your critique and instead answer this riddle:

What am I?

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Title: You Have Let Us Down, Congressman Rutilus

Reproach is a rebuke for letting us down, and Rep for Representative/Congressman + roach (species of fish in the genus Rutilus).

Sure, I'm just some vermin trying to score some fake internet points on PSE,

rep roach = rep (meaningless internet points on PSE) + roach (vermin)

the perfect answer is beyond me,

beyond reproach is perfect

but I have a feeling that becoming pro is within my reach

re(pro)ach is pro inside reach

so please hold your critique

reproach implies criticism

and instead answer this riddle

reproach

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    $\begingroup$ That feeling when you see Tom has answered a riddle and before you even click on it you know he's got it right... ;-) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Aug 24 '20 at 18:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv This must be the first time he's missed any of my clues though, and to have it happen twice within the same phrase makes me wonder if there wasn't a copy-paste error of some kind involved :-) $\endgroup$ – Bass Aug 24 '20 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Bass, the missing middle inclusion was a copy/paste this time when rearranging, but I have a feeling from your comment that something's still missing. $\endgroup$ – Tom Aug 24 '20 at 19:11

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