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  •  Not sure about the "many", but ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... agree with the sentiment. Once you disconnect from purely partisan presidential preferences, how you choose to vote gets a lot more complicated and interesting.

    As an exercise, I've been maintaining a "stack rank" of my preferred top 10 contenders with alternating party affiliation. The top four were right about the war, before the war (based on public statements - not necessarily their vote).  

    One other consideration that is high on my list, is maintaining a divided government. This criteria had me voting straight Democratic in the mid-terms (and got me thrown out of RedState), and will have me Leaning Republican for President in '08 (and will probably get me troll-rated out of existence here).  

    "The maxim of civil government being reversed in that of religion, where it's true form is, 'divided we stand, united we fall." - Thomas Jefferson

    by DWSUWF on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 10:47:11 AM PST

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    •  Division is not necessarily good (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't understand why a divided government is seen as a good thing. LBJ had the most vetoes of any president. Having the same party controlling both can lead you somewhere. If it is a bad place (see the last 6 years) that is bad, but if it is a good place that is good. I have to wonder why you would vote for someone who opposes your views just because (at the moment) the senate/house is controlled by a party you tend to support.

      Actually, the more I think about it, the more supporting "divided government" makes no sense. It assumes that party affiliation determines everything and that there are only two possible positions to take on any issue. Neither position fits the facts.

      •  nothing in politics is necessarily good. (0+ / 0-)

        "Actually, the more I think about it, the more supporting "divided government" makes no sense." - matt

        Understandable. You are a partisan Democrat (not that there is anything wrong with that), in an election cycle where the Democrats have a lock on Congress and the only way to maintain divided government is to elect a Republican President. Completely understandable. I suspect you thought it made more sense before the 2006 mid-terms though.

        Interestingly, many partisan Republicans (not that there is anything wrong with that) thought divided government made no sense before the 2006 mid-terms, but are beginning think there is some value in it now. Completely understandable.

        Look, it was/is not my intention to hijack this thread - that's why I waited to reply. "Divided government" is not the topic here. But, if you are curious, Ihave written about and referenced work by economists and political scholars documenting the effects of having divided government vs not. The documented effects include restrained growth in spending, greater oversight, better legislation, and fewer wars. I don't know why it works. It just does. It is working now. If it stops working, I'll stop supporting it.

        "The maxim of civil government being reversed in that of religion, where it's true form is, 'divided we stand, united we fall." - Thomas Jefferson

        by DWSUWF on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 05:35:29 PM PST

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