Since the Republican loss, many have been praising the benefits of divided government- gridlock can be a good things. After watching the Democrats this week-end, it looks like you may not need two parties sharing power to get divided government- you can get that just by voting Democrat:
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in line to become Speaker in January, is throwing her support to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) in the race for Majority Leader, a move that will be an early test of her influence and will weigh heavily on Murtha’s contest with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for the post.
Pelosi, in a letter distributed Sunday to newly elected House Democrats, wrote that Murtha’s outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq helped change the electoral campaign for the House this fall. Murtha began calling for a U.S. pullout from Iraq a year ago, and his open opposition to the war made him a focus of intense criticism from Republicans and the White House.
I thought Hoyer had it in the bag, but this public support of Murtha will surely make things interesting. Perhaps my memory is faulty, but I do not recall similar divisions when the Republicans took over- their leadership struggles seem to happen more behind the scenes.