I was snooping through my old blog and came across this golden oldie. I changed two sentences and it fits as well today as it did over a year ago.]
Historically, this country has liked to split the Executive and the Legislative branches—to give one to one party, one to the other. In fact, when Bush became President, that was how we actually voted. The Republicans took Congress and Gore very likely won the valid majority of votes for the Presidency—we’ll never know for sure since the final vote in Florida was never actually counted. [And what a way to run a democratic republic, by the way.]
The Republicans had been jockeying for control of the government for a long time. They, of course, thought they could do a better job of steering the country than the Democrats were doing [just as the Democrats think they could do better than the Republicans now.] And, in 1996, under a strong Democratic President, Congress swung over to the GOP.
While all that was happening, in 2000, I read an editorial by someone who offered his condolences to the Republican Party. He noted that, for the first time since the 1960’s, both Congress and the Presidency were about to be strongly dominated by the GOP. He observed that the Democratic Party fell out of favor with a resounding splat in the ‘60’s—when it was at its height numerically in Congress and the Presidency had been held by Democrats for some years.
The Viet Nam war was rapidly falling out of favor with the American people.
People were mad, mad, mad at President Johnson--though he wasn’t perceived as incompetent—just somewhat boorish and stubborn about Viet Nam. [We didn't realize at the time that we hadn't seen the worst, yet. That came under Nixon. (Correction: things are even worse now.)]
The point the man who wrote that op-ed was making, though, was the fact that when one party is in complete control of the country, it has no one to blame when things go south. At least, when the branches are split, each can point to the other as the culprit.
So, congratulations all you Republicans out there. You got what you wanted. And--look what happened.