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September 27, 2012 5:30 PM Gridlock Losing Its Charm

By Ed Kilgore

In an interesting sign that Americans have learned something by watching Washington during the last two years, Gallup’s Andrew Dugan reports rapidly rising support for one-party as opposed to divided control of the federal government:

A record-high 38% of Americans prefer that the same party control the presidency and Congress, while a record-low 23% say it would be better if the president and Congress were from different parties and 33% say it doesn’t make any difference. While Americans tend to lean toward one-party government over divided government in presidential election years, this year finds the biggest gap in preferences for the former over the latter and is a major shift in views from one year ago.

Now if only we could get people informed and interested in filibuster reform.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • SadOldVet on September 27, 2012 5:47 PM:

    Now if only we could get people informed and interested in filibuster reform.

    Starting with Harry Reid finding some way to control the sizeable block of DLC/DINO/Repuke-Lite types in the senate. Even if Harry wants filibuster reform, I am unconvinced he can get a 50+ votes from the 'democrats' in the senate for real reform.

  • c u n d gulag on September 27, 2012 5:52 PM:

    A Democratic Congress, without the odious Red Dogs (I call 'em that, 'cause there ain't nothin' Blue 'bout 'em!) in both Houses, to help pass some more Progressive legislation that President Obama can sign, would actually help this country take some of the stench off the W years.

    And someone needs to tell SM Leader Reid, to make the filibuster something that has to be earned the old fashioned way - stand up, and yak as long as you can, to change the minds of the others.

  • Peter C on September 27, 2012 9:56 PM:

    The filibuster ABSOLUTELY must go, no matter who wins. Now that the Republicans have abused to this extent, it has no value whatsoever; it cannot remain as it is. Give the majority the power to call a new vote as soon as the minority stops speaking, or at 2 in the morning (whichever is most inconvenient). Make the minority have to muster 41 votes in the well of the Senate so that the sluggard who is derelict gets creamed or the attention is paid to the traitors on the Minority team and not the Majority team.

    We can't keep making 'gentlemen's agreements' with Republicans; they've stopped acting like gentlemen. I'm sick of having Charlie Brown (Harry Reid) as majority leader, he's been an utter disaster. Seniority be damned, he should have been replaced years ago.

  • Joe Friday on September 27, 2012 10:27 PM:

    If Obama stays well ahead of the margin-of-error in the polls, both he and the Big Dog should be tag-team campaigning out in the districts to take back the House. Running against the obstructionist House Republicans, who want to voucherize Medicare, privatize Social Security, block-grant Medicare, eviscerate Pell grants and more, should be easy as pie.

  • superdestroyer on September 28, 2012 7:32 AM:

    As the demographic and economic changes make the U.S. a one-party-state, most people will learn to live with one party in charge of everything. See Chicago as a good example of how most voters will quickly adapt to a one party state.

    The real question is what will be the impact of the U.S. being a one party state. Who will be the winners and who will be the losers. How high can taxes go in a one-party-state. What happens to minority groups when they are no longer needed to defeat the Republicans? What happens when a government job is the best job to have and only losers work in the private sector outside of finance?

    What is amazing is that most people want a one-party-state because they believe that they will receive more from the government than they will pay in. What happens when most Americans demand that from the government?

  • Doug on September 28, 2012 9:14 PM:

    Perhaps the new poll is simply a recognition by the public that the current GOP is no longer a political party?
    Uh, sd? We've already HAD one-party rule in this country, from 1816 to 1830 or thereabouts. The party was the Democrat-Republican Party, which eventually split into the Whig and Democratic parties.
    Let's just say the rest of your maunderings are best described as faux concern trolling and leave it that, shall we?