Hail, Divided Government
THE SOURCE: “The Curse of One-Party Government” by Jonathan Rauch, in National Journal, Feb. 6, 2010.
What could be harder for a president than dealing with a Congress controlled by the opposition party? Try governing with your own party in power, writes National Journal columnist Jonathan Rauch.
America today has two com plete ly different government set tings: Mode 1 (one party controls both Congress and the presidency) and Mode 2 (split control). Mode 2 works better, Rauch contends.
The underlying dynamic is that today’s Republican and Democratic parties have effec...