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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Gridlock City

It’s one of those things you are aware of generally, but it’s amazing to consider, via Sam Rosenfeld at TAPPED, the sheer number of major issues on which the Republicans who control the legislative and executive branches of the federal government are gridlocked: immigration reform, lobbying reform, the budget, and the supplemental appropriations bill funding the Iraq and Afghanistan engagements plus Katrina recovery. Beyond Sam’s list, Republicans are battling over how to deal with gas prices and oil company profits, with most opposed to any measures to claw back past subsidies to the energy industry, much less take more aggressive steps.For ol’ folks like me, “gridlock in Washington” is a theme that goes back a very long time. Lest we forget, the two parties shared control of the federal government for 27 out of the 34 years between 1968 and 2002. But the current disarrray within the all-powerful Republican Party in Washington–a party that took power with an extraordinary degree of partisan discipline and ideological unity–is really remarkable.

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