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Why I'm concerned about Democrats being in a large majority


Like the title of my blog states, I’ve got a confession to make: I (as an extremely progressive democrat) am not entirely happy with our sudden surge in national politics.

Crazy right?

Well here’s why…I think one of the strengths of our government comes from the fact that it is a multi-party (for most of our history two party) system. Even when one party had control their power was checked by the fact they still had to deal with other views. This has been the standard for most of our modern history. Reagan had to deal with a Democrat congress…Clinton with Republicans. George W had Republicans in both houses most of his two terms, but not veto-proof majorities (plus he had to deal with the fact that a majority of the population disagreed with his views for the great majority of his second term).

Now we have Obama, someone who I supported before most of you even knew his name. Coupled with his electoral landslide victory unlike any we’ve seen since Reagan years, his party has a good margin in the House, and a couple votes short of filibuster proof Senate. Things couldn’t be better for us crazy left wingers right?

Dead wrong.

Through no fault of his own, Obama (and the democratically controlled Congress) has had to do very little compromising in their first few months of his administration. This, in large part, is due to a failed Republican strategy that is making moderates flee their party like a ship on fire. The right leaning blogs have been on fire with a recent Pew Research Poll showing Obama has the largest ‘partisan’ gap at this point for any new president:


What pundits that trumpet this information fail to point out, however, is that for this poll Pew found “Republicans” only made up 24 percent of voters...the lowest total EVER recorded by Pew.

TWENTY FOUR PERCENT?!?…sounds an awful lot like the 25 percent or so that still approved of George W Bush’s presidency don’t matter what eh?

Here, in my humble opinion is the problem with the die hard Republicans right now…they don’t learn from their own mistakes.

We have an extremely popular president on our hands right now that, for the first few months, tried a bi-partisan approach to legislation…reaching out to Republicans at every turn. What was their response? “NO…NO…sticks fingers in ears…I CAN’T HEAR YOU…LA LA LAAA” Republican leadership sent the basic message, if you don’t do it exactly like we want, we won’t come to the table.

So how did the Dems react…they went on without them.

Faced with this failure, Republicans are still using the same tired campaign tactics that lead to their landslide defeats this past November: “Obumbler lied about this or that” “Obama INSULTED America by saying its attitude in the past decade towards Europe were ‘arrogant’” “Obama eats (or kills) babies” “We WANT Obama to fail” etc.

For the sake of an effective national government that actually has to work with and incorporate dissenting views, I hope the Republican party comes to its senses and comes up with a reasonable alternative to democrats (and soon).

If you ever need evidence of the dangers of one party rule (such as I fear from democrats) just look at the first 6 years W’s administration.


Paul Decelles 9 years, 1 month ago

The Republicans really didn't help themselves by tacking to the right with McCain's choice of Palin, so they reaps what they sow.

One problem with your thesis is that the Democrats are generally more diverse ideologically so we really don't have one party rule.

You are absolutely right about the way how some Republicans have conducted themselves. I happened to be channel surfing just at the right time to catch Rush making his "I hope Obama fails" comments.

I don't know about other Democrats, but while I did not like W's policies, and even indulged in my share of snarkiness at his expense, in no way did I hope Bush would fail in his policies. There is just too much at stake for our country to hope for an administration's failure.

jonas_opines 9 years, 1 month ago

The problem with a majority is that it becomes too easy for the government to get things done.

Kirk Larson 9 years, 1 month ago

ibroke (Anonymous) says… i hope obama fails!!!!!!!!! i hope obama fails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, since it was said of us when we objected to W's policies I guess I get to say it to you: Ahem, "Why do you hate America?" I don't get the appeal. No one wants to take away Limpbaugh's freedom of speech. In fact, I figure the more he speaks, the longer the Democrats will be in power. Chew on that.

gogoplata 9 years, 1 month ago

I'm concerned because they are just as bad as the republicans.

Vote 3rd party.

classclown 9 years, 1 month ago

ibroke (Anonymous) says…

so you dont hate America now huh? thats nice


Much in the same way that Michelle Obama is now proud to be an American for the first time in her life.

beatrice 9 years, 1 month ago

danny: "For the sake of an effective national government that actually has to work with and incorporate dissenting views, I hope the Republican party comes to its senses and comes up with a reasonable alternative to democrats (and soon)."

I am a "yellow-dog" Democrat, but I couldn't agree more with this thesis.

If the Republicans insist on marginalizing themselves by remaining the unpopular party filled with religious zealots and social moralists, then Democrats will become greedy with their power. That won't be good. The Republicans need to be strong and able to stand up to the blowhard Rush types who are dragging down their party. The must be strong to keep the Dems on their toes, and now, they aren't strong.

And Bobby "The Exorcist" Jindal isn't the answer for Republicans either. Nor is Palin, Paul, Romney, or ... well ... oh well.

Kirk Larson 9 years, 1 month ago

Pilgrim2 (Anonymous) says… Well, since he's been on the air nationally for more than 20 years now, how's that working out for you?

Lately, not bad. His and FOX's ratings ae going up as the paranoid factions run for ideological cover. Most people are becoming more offended by the lies and fear mongery coming from conservative pundits

Donna235 9 years, 1 month ago


I don't think he was talking about the checks and balances between government entities. He was talking about one political party controlling most of those entities. Obviously the entire country isn't going to agree on everything that should be done and his argument is that in order for that to be represented in our lawmakers, there should be more representation by dissenting opinions.

Our government is set up so that there are functional checks on power--each branch of the government has specific roles that they can play and specific roles that they can't. However, right now an extreme majority of players in all of those branches are Democrat and so their ideological/political alignment means that they can basically push through anything they want. And I agree with Dan--it's a very dangerous situation.

jafs 9 years, 1 month ago

It seems to me that power-sharing governments are a better way to ensure that all are represented than our system.

What do you think?

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