Sunday, July 09, 2017

United Coalition of the Divided - 2018 Edition

UPDATED: 01/18/18
Vote for divided government in 2018
Welcome to the United Coalition of the Divided - the Dividist's social media version of retail door-to-door politicking. 

We advocate voting strategically for divided government. We know why we should vote for divided government. We know how to vote for divided government. In this post we [virtually] gather those of like mind who help [intentionally or not] make the case to vote for divided government in 2018. One voter at a time.

The Dividist initiated this exclusive club during the 2008 election cycle and recycled it in every federal election since. It was an ignominious start, with the Democrats seizing unified control of the federal government. The 2010 edition was barely posted in time for the midterms.  Amidst the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth, divided government was emphatically restored. The 2012 membership drive worked out fine with the reelection of Barack Obama and divided government. In the 2014 midterms, it was just a question of how divided we were going to get as the Democrats managed to dig themselves an even deeper hole in Congress.

Then 2016 happened.  The Republicans were in control of  both branches of Congress with no realistic chance of losing majority control in the House of Representative. It seemed like such an easy, obvious choice. All we had to do was elect Hillary Clinton and the government would stay divided for at least four more years.

As it turns out, it was too obvious. Clinton's inevitable victory was so obvious to so many in the punditocracy (including The Dividist), that Democrats did not even bother to articulate the argument for divided government. In fact, so many Democrats and Republicans were so certain that Clinton would win, Democrats delusionally argued for One Party Rule, and Republicans co-opted the divided government argument - asking voters to focus on GOP candidates in Senate and House races in order to keep a legislative constraint on the inevitable Clinton presidency.

We tried. The Dividist patiently explained there was no chance for Democrats to take the House majority in that cycle. You didn't listen.  As a consequence, not only did Democrats lose the executive branch, but they failed to win majority control of the Senate in a cycle where the political playing field was heavily tilted in their favor.

So we've come full circle.  We again have a Unified One Party Rule Republican Government as we had in 2006 when the Dividist started this blog. It's "deja vu all over again". For Festivus the Dividist be airing more than a few grievances with you people. But I digress.
Onward to the 2018 midterms. Membership in our grand coalition is open to anyone writing anything in any form in any media in a vaguely positive way on the subject of divided government. New recruits will be added from now until the 2018 election.

You too can join this glorious movement and march in solidarity with the many millions thousands hundreds tens of your brothers and sisters standing shoulder to shoulder with the United Coalition of the Divided! Just write anything vaguely favorable to Divided Government and/or Gridlock, then let the Dividist know where to find it in the comments or via e-mail. The Dividist will add it to this post, link you, blogroll you, favorite you, follow you, friend you, tweet you, paint your house and walk your dog.  As always, we will also welcome disingenuous, insincere, and hypocritical partisan pretenders to the 2018 United Coalition of the Divided!

This list is the start to an actively managed, growing list. New recruits and draftees will be updated to this post periodically between now and election day. For 2018 we are adding a new feature - an Honor Roll for service to the divided government cause above and beyond the call of duty. 


The United Coalition of the Divided
2018 Midterm Election Edition

Honorary Chairman in Perpetuity - William A. Niskanen 3/13/1933 - 10/26/2011
The Dividist never met Mr. Niskanen but he is the "godfather" of this blog. His work on divided government was the original inspiration and impetus to craft and advocate a consistent divided government voting heuristic. 
Honor Roll
Stephen Slivinski - Economist, author and Dividist Papers favorite, Mr. Slivinski has contributed to and written about the benefits of divided government in every United Coalition of the Divided Edition since the formation of this blog. His 2018 Edition contribution linked here 
Kalind Patel - Sports and politics blogger, Mr. Patel is a recent convert who finds and retweets more "divided government" tweets than even the Dividist. We didn't think it was possible.  
Solomon Kleinsmith - SEO expert, social media maven and founder of the soon-to-be-launched Independent Centrist Blog. Although more centrist than dividist, Mr. Keinsmith is on-board for the 2018 cycle. As the Dividist will be contributing to his blog, we are adding him to the Honor Roll as a pure reach-around suck-up. 
2018 Midterm Edition - Members in Good Standing
The Dividist Shikha Dalmia - Reason
Dr. Eric Ostermeir - Smart Politics Carl Jackson - World Net Daily
Jennifer Rubin - Washington Post Connor Mighell - Merion West
Jonathan Nicholson - Bloomberg Randy Blaser - Chicago Tribune
Kalind Patel - Twitter Centrist - Twitter
Just Bill - Twitter @JShan05 - Twitter
Jim Roland - Twitter Lee - Twitter
David Morse - Twitter Andrew Bizaillion - Twitter
Solomon Kleinsmith - Fisher Investments - Market Minder
George Will - Washington Post Senator Judd Gregg -The Hill
Charles Cooke - National Review Audiopedia / Cognitive Madisonianism
Andy Wright - Just Security Lisa Cutler - Twitter
Rusty Warner - Twitter Bro - Twitter
Patrick Fine - Twitter David Harsanyani - Reason
John McGuirk - Twitter Shikha Dalmia - The Week
Jim Aloisi - Twitter Eric Posner - Vox
Theron Corse - Twitter Stephen Slivinski - Washington Examiner
Andrea Schorr - Twitter @LiberalVirginia - Twitter 
Yann Brandt - Twitter Jim Buie - Exploring American Politics
Middleclass Moderate - Twitter Brian P - Twitter
AgentW45 - Twitter Tom Nichols - Twitter
Ann Batko - Twitter Sane Democrat - Twitter
Bill Wiseman - Twitter Ronald Brownstein - CNN
Ryan Matsumoto - Twitter Matt Glassman - Twitter
Allen Bussell - Twitter Yann Brandt - Twitter
Shaun Rose - Twitter Senator Jeff Flake - MSNBC
Christopher Vasas - Twitter Jason Shout - Twitter
Laura McGinnis - Twitter Oh Laura oh - Twitter
Right Hon Covfefe - Twitter Marshall Power Locke - Twitter
@PaleoMexicano - Twitter Jennifer Rubin - Twitter
Comrade Balding - Twitter Rodney Tom - Seattle Times
David Gaw - Twitter Ann Kilter - Twitter
Marcus Hawkins - Twitter Matt Glassman - Twitter
Don Transue - Twitter Harold Pollack - Twitter
Patrick McGualey - Twitter Mando - Twitter
Ed's Idea Factory - Twitter Lee Drutman - Vox
Ryan McCann - Twitter Niou, Paolino and Rein
Michael Hormone - Twitter Piccola Donnina - Twitter
ConservativeLA - Twitter Conor Friedersdorf - LA Times
Alissa McLean - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE


Welcome aboard and stay divided my friends!

Vote for divided government

LAST UPDATED: 18-January-2018 - Continuing to add to the Coalition.

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