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Polarized Parties Play Parliament

April 16th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted in National Journal.

American politics is becoming more parliamentary. British politics is becoming more presidential. Oddly, though, the countries are moving further apart, not closer. In the United States, the major parties are shifting toward greater polarization. In Britain, where an election has been called for May 6, all signs point toward a more centrist government.

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Party-Line Vote Will Produce Political Firestorm

March 5th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in National Journal.

“The issue trumps the process.” That’s what Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., told The New York Times about health care reform. And that’s what Democrats have got to believe. There is no question that the process has been costly thus far. In January, an uninsured 18-year-old waitress in New Hampshire explained her opposition this way to a Times reporter: “If you have to bribe people to vote for it, it can’t be good.”

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