Dispatches From A Center-Right Country

Americans love divided government, except when they don’t:

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday, 59 percent of those questioned think that Democratic control of both the executive and legislative branches will be good for the country, with 38 percent saying that such one-party control will be bad.

I never really got where the idea that Americans were squeamish about one party control of the levers of government came from. After all, 4 of the past 6 years were spent with one party control. And with Obama taking 52% of the national popular vote and Congressional Democrats taking 56%, there’s obviously quite a bit of overlap between the two numbers, meaning that an awful lot of people who wanted a Democratic President working with a Democratic Congress. But then, that should have been obvious all along, what with polls routinely showing broad, generic, preferences for Democrats in both the Presidential and Congressional races.

But checking reality every now and then isn’t a requirement to write “news” stories anymore is it?