I have listened with fascination and outright astonishment over the past few weeks to Republican naysayers – right, middle, and left – scream about the evils of concentrating power by electing sufficient numbers to give one party – the Democrats – control of the two bodies of Congress and the presidency as well.

As the election gets closer, and it becomes more obvious that Obama has taken a commanding lead, the desperate shrieks, moans, and cries of McCain, Palin, and company have grown even louder. Republican candidates who are now in trouble have turned to commercials alleging the dangers of “one-party” control.

Elizabeth Dole, now in danger of losing her once-thought-to-be-secure senate seat, has released a commercial arguing that electing Kay Hagan will bring the Democrats ever closer to that bogeyman of checks and balances – the one-party control. Yep, they have now decided that one-party control is “evil.”

But what they conveniently forget to mention is that for several years, from 2002 through 2006, the Republicans controlled all three entities. Funny now that the shoe may slip to the other foot, the Republicans are playing Chicken Little, whipping their constituencies into a frenzy about the dire consequences of one-party control of the House, Senate, and the Presidency.


Year – Congress – President – Senate (R) – House (R)

2005 — 109th —- Bush —-R-55—–R-232

2003 — 108th —- Bush —-R-51—–R-229


The above numbers show Republican control of the Senate and House from the November elections of 2002 through the elections of 2006.

A more extensive table can be found at this site.

True to form, McCain and Palin – without any plans for the economy – are now exhorting their crowds to take up the cry of the “one-party” control mantra in attempts to instill overriding fear in the American voter.

So, now that the tables are close to being turned, the hypocritical Republicans shriek about the evils of one-party control. Is there any topic that McPalin won’t exploit? Especially since neither Republican candidate has anything of worth to say?

Their backs against the wall, the Republicans are now trashing the one-party control bogeyman that they so handsomely exploited for years.

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Ice ironman says:


  2. Phil Marx says:

    One party (either one) control is a very legitimate fear. Fortunately, whenever this does happen it doesn’t take long for “We the People” to correct the problem. Fortunately also that whenever this does occur, the partisan whackos (of either side) often turn on their own comrades in a gross display of greed and lust for power. This provides another type of check which holds somewhat until the next election can correct it.

  3. Phil:

    Good observation and one I think is accurate. While it may be a legitimate fear, even with control of the Presidency and the Congress, I don’t see the Democrats ramming through all the feared changes, legislation, etc.

    There are sufficient numbers of moderates in both parties to put the brakes on the right and left wings of the parties.

    After all, look what happened after the 2006 shift of power – nothing much.

  4. Clint:

    Yes, filibuster is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. But if the Republicans hadn’t done such an extremely poor job over the last 8 years, it wouldn’t be an issue.

  5. Ice ironman says:

    Yes, we have been over this, the economy is not the fault of democrats at all. McCain never tried to investigate. And in fact here is a little quote from DEMOCRAT BARNEY FRANK HEAD OF THE FFREAKING BANKING COMMITY

    From 2003

    “These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

    (From the Article)
    The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago. . . .
    The plan is an acknowledgment by the administration that oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — which together have issued more than $1.5 trillion in outstanding debt — is broken. A report by outside investigators in July concluded that Freddie Mac manipulated its accounting to mislead investors, and critics have said Fannie Mae does not adequately hedge against rising interest rates.

    Despite the attempt to curb the waste, fraud, and abuse, some Democrats were not on board. Barney Frank really looks like a genius on this one. And this guy was the ranking member on the Financial Services Committee.

    The New York Times again:

    Among the groups denouncing the proposal today were the National Association of Home Builders and Congressional Democrats who fear that tighter regulation of the companies could sharply reduce their commitment to financing low-income and affordable housing.

    Notice that last paragraph. Many said that if you give loans to people who just plain don’t qualify, you’ll pay for it later. Welcome to “later”.

    As this whole “who is to blame” thing gets discussed and more and more education on the events, actions and timelines is forthcoming, it will be interesting to see which party it hurts the most

    Only a loyal sheep would blame all of this economy on the repubs.
    Im glad I have a better grasp on this than the 25% or so of the dems that actualy believe all of this is the repubs fault.

    Who sued Citi group to loan money to people who could not pay it back?
    When was the community reivestment act passed and then beefed up?

    It would be time for the sheep to wake up. The repub vs dem thing is a sure way to kill any country. Did you know when the sheep find out they can vote themselves a mealticket, democracy is ended. So here we go!!!!!

  6. Clint:

    I know both parties are to blame; however, George W. Bush has sat in the Oval Office for almost 8 years now. These things have happened under his watch – or maybe that’s the problem – he wasn’t watching.

    Regardless of the dynamics of the bailout and the economic crisis, Bush was supposed to be the leader, and for four years, he had control of the Senate and the House.

    Maybe this just shows how ineffectual he really was as a president.

  7. Ice ironman says:

    I will agree with that

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