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Against single Party dominance
Posted by: Jon Henke on Wednesday, February 06, 2008

In light of the possibility that a Democrat could win the Presidency in November, giving them control of the White House and both houses of Congress, it's worth pointing out what Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said in 2005...
We need more than one party in charge. And the vote on Tuesday is going to be critical to decide whether American democracy still allows those of us who didn't vote for the president to have any say in running the country whatsoever.
Someday, the Democrats will be back in charge again. Do we want a Democratic Party that's in charge of everything? Well, you know, I suppose it's my job to say yes. But the truth is, as an American, it's better when parties share power. It's better when even those people who didn't win the election have something to say.
[There] is a culture of corruption and abuse of power in Washington. This is what happens when one party is in charge of everything.
Perhaps reporters should ask him if he still believes that.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

The Democrats in Congress cried about power sharing and bi-partisanship. That was until they got in power.
Written By: jpm100
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So, you would expect the chairman of a party to say "Oh, well that changes everything, since we’re likely going to win the White House, I urge America to not vote for my party in congressional elections."?

This is one of the sillier things you’ve posted.
Written By: Oliver Willis
Au contraire, Oliver. I would argue that this sort of political development was inevitable, sooner or later, and that Dean’s original comment was silly.
Written By: Hoystory
Interesting. I simply post Howard Dean’s claim that one-party rule is a bad idea and you think the idea is silly....of me.

Do you think Dean was lying then, or that he’s an unprincipled hack willing to say and do something he’s previously said was bad for America now? By all means, do explain.
Written By: Jon Henke
This is one of the sillier things you’ve posted.
Look in the mirror Oliver.

And what is it with you and Jon? Man, he posts and ZAP! You have a comment in here... that’s just weird man.
Written By: meagain
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Dean is right in partisan times. If you had a Congress that took it’s duty to check the power of the President seriously, regardless of the party of the President, then having the same party control each branch would not be dangerous. But right now things are so partisan that I don’t trust either party to do that. That said, I don’t think it’s lack of principle if Dean still fights for Democratic causes. Rather, it’s up to the Republicans to make the counter argument. If the Democrats due gain both branches in 2008, don’t be surprised if 2010 looks a lot like 1994. (2002 might have found strong Democratic gains if it hadn’t been for 9-11 altering the political landscape).
Written By: Scott Erb
Frankly, the Democrats are the party that’s wrong on most every issue. The only thing they might have over the Rs is with respect to the drug war, and some of the silly social conservative stuff.

But on forign policy, markets, healthcare, guns, campaign finance reform, etc., the Dems are wrong.

The problem we have faced with Bush is that a slight edge in Congress doesn’t cut the mustard. Bush never moved forward with SS reform, or tort reform, and so on. In part this is his fault, but when you have 51% of Congress and the Senate and 100% of the White House, you will still have problems, particularly when there is a lack of disipline among those 51%.

Bush and the R Congress made a good effort to reform tort with respect to gun lawsuits, but the Ds tacked on an AWB rider and other nonsense and killed it.

The best answer IMO is to kill off the current socialist Donkey Party. The best way to do that is to defeat it until it becomes a useless coalition.

I do think we need two parties long term, I’d just prefer that the current Republicans defined the far left.
Written By: Don
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I think Dean’s original statement makes sense and is, in an ideal world, what many want. But you seem to be making the point that as party chairman his advocacy should end because of his principles.

(I tend to comment on Jon’s stuff because he’s the less idealogical adherent of the three main posters here)
Written By: Oliver Willis
(I tend to comment on Jon’s stuff because he’s the less idealogical adherent of the three main posters here)
Right ... and you’re not ideological at all, are you Oliver?
Written By: McQ
If the Democrats due gain both branches in 2008, don’t be surprised if 2010 looks a lot like 1994.
Surprised? I’m praying for it! Vote divided government, people.
(I tend to comment on Jon’s stuff because he’s the less idealogical adherent of the three main posters here)
...and this is one of the sillier things he’s posted.

Dean was obviously in some sort of pander/timewarp episode when he said this.
Written By: Rob
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Right ... and you’re not ideological at all, are you Oliver?
I’m extremely idealogical, and I’m even more of a party loyalist. And I’ve never pretended otherwise. You don’t deny that Jon is not as rigid as you and Dale, do you?
Written By: Oliver Willis

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