Sunday, July 09, 2017

United Coalition of the Divided - 2018 Edition

UPDATED: 09/15/18
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".
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 him, but Mr. Niskanen 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 contributions linked here and here. 
George Will - He is as conservative as it gets, but his conservative principles are built on a foundation of intellectual integrity. He puts country before party and the Constitution before partisan tribal loyalties. He does not hesitate to call for divided government in defense of our Constitutional protections - regardless if we have a Democrat or Republican in the White House. 
Tom Nichols -  aka @RadioFreeTom - Author, Professor at Naval War College, and staunch conservative, is a relatively recent convert. Probably more #NeverTrumper than a true dividist, his articulate commitment to the cause (combined with his ~175,000 twitter followers) makes him the most impactful advocate for voting divided government in 2018. 
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 Steve Gillon - WaPo
Dr. Eric Ostermeir - SmartPol Carl Jackson - World Net Daily Erich Prince - News Observer
Jennifer Rubin - WaPo Connor Mighell - Merion West Mark Schelkr - Elsevier
Jon Nicholson - Bloomberg Randy Blaser - Chicago Tribune Sociotard - Debate Politics
Kalind Patel - Twitter Centrist - Twitter Tim Carlson - Twitter
Just Bill - Twitter @JShan05 - Twitter Angry Libertarian - Twitter
Jim Roland - Twitter Lee - Twitter Brian Chovanec - Twitter
David Morse - Twitter Andrew Bizaillion - Twitter Roxanne Chester - Twitter
Solomon Kleinsmith - Uniters Fisher Invest - Market Minder Andrew Sherrod - Twitter
George Will - WaPo Senator Judd Gregg -The Hill Clay Ranck - Twitter
Charles Cooke - Nat Review Audio - Cognitive Madisonianism Joseph Park - Twitter
Andy Wright - Just Security Lisa Cutler - Twitter Bearded Crank - Twitter
Rusty Warner - Twitter Bro - Twitter Justin Ryland - Twitter
Patrick Fine - Twitter David Harsanyani - Reason Thomas Fornash - Twitter
John McGuirk - Twitter Shikha Dalmia - The Week Ronald Ortman - Twitter
Jim Aloisi - Twitter Eric Posner - Vox Jon French - Twitter
Theron Corse - Twitter Stephen Slivinski - WashEx Fake Fan 50 - Twitter
Andrea Schorr - Twitter @LiberalVirginia - Twitter  Jim Claybaugh - Twitter
Yann Brandt - Twitter Jim Buie - American Politics Andrew Gelman - Stat Modeling
Middleclass Moderate - Twitter Brian P - Twitter Rick Wilson - The Hill
AgentW45 - Twitter Tom Nichols - Twitter Michael Gerson - WaPo
Ann Batko - Twitter Sane Democrat - Twitter Ex-GOP Hillz - Twitter
Bill Wiseman - Twitter Ronald Brownstein - CNN Jay Cost - Twitter
Ryan Matsumoto - Twitter Matt Glassman - Twitter PackSoldier - Twitter
Allen Bussell - Twitter Yann Brandt - Twitter Professor Drezner - Twitter
Shaun Rose - Twitter Senator Jeff Flake - MSNBC Jeff Kemp - Twitter
Christopher Vasas - Twitter Jason Shout - Twitter Tho Bishop - Mises Institute
Laura McGinnis - Twitter Oh Laura oh - Twitter Mark Earnest - Twitter
Right Hon Covfefe - Twitter Marshall Locke - Twitter Drew Savicki - Twitter
@PaleoMexicano - Twitter Jennifer Rubin - Twitter Martin Goozner - Modern Health
Comrade Balding - Twitter Rodney Tom - Seattle Times WMSGlobtrotter - Twitter
David Gaw - Twitter Ann Kilter - Twitter David Tyson - Twitter
Marcus Hawkins - Twitter Matt Glassman - Twitter Evan Poulas - Twitter
Don Transue - Twitter Harold Pollack - Twitter Stephen Mihm - Bloomberg
Patrick McGualey - Twitter Mando - Twitter Editorial - Fisher Investments
Ed's Idea Factory - Twitter Lee Drutman - Vox Rick Tyler - Guardian
Ryan McCann - Twitter Lacy, Niou, Paolino, Rein Cara Stewart - Twitter
Michael Hormone - Twitter Piccola Donnina - Twitter Robert George - Twitter
ConservativeLA - Twitter Conor Friedersdorf - LA Times David Montgomery - Twitter
Alissa McLean - Twitter Peter Lucier - Twitter Michael L - Twitter
Steve Gillon - WaPo Bill Kristol - New Yorker  Sam Sawyer - Twitter
Mohamed Elibiary - Twitter Joe Scarborough - Twitter Ruth MacDonald - Twitter
MrJosco - Twitter Philip Klein - Wa. Examiner Matt's Handle - Twitter
Liz Mair - Twitter @IWishYouWould - Twitter Space Cat Shelly - Twitter
Jordan LaPorta - Twitter Steve Zorowitz - Twitter Angela Santos - Twitter
The Rational Walk - Twitter Julian Zelizer - CNN Nothings Monstered - Twitter
Erick Ericson - Twitter Chris in Bama - Twitter Steve Stephens - Twitter
Nick Pappas - Twitter Jeffrey Dorfman - Twitter John Aravosis - Twitter
Who? - Twitter Yoga Apologist - Twitter Infidella - Twitter
Alexander Kohn - Twitter Brendan Kirby - Twitter George Blackwell - Twitter
Jaime - Twitter Kevin Reinholz - Twitter Golden Girls Rule - Twitter
JJ - Twitter Ilya Somin - Cato Institute Michael the B - Twitter
Stephen Miller - Twitter Khan Academy - YouTube @ReluctantZealot - Twitter
MGoldenpine - Twitter Now Media News - Twitter Principle Matters - Twitter
Paul Stagg - Twitter Theron Corse - Twitter Lean Attorney - Twitter
Keseys Notion - Twitter Brian Levitt - CNBC Suzi Ferg - Twitter
Don Draper - Twitter Josh 1939 - Twitter Jennifer Harris - Twitter
Jim Andrews - Twitter Mike @Sinkspur - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Scotty Kummer - Twitter Julian Zelizer - CNN YOUR NAME HERE
Mandy - Twitter Tim Gross - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Ric Pundit - Twitter Rocky Valley High - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Virgil Caine - Twitter Ken Fisher - Investments YOUR NAME HERE
Mlewyn - Twitter Russ Wolf - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Avi Woolf - Twitter James Stalnaker - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Matt Schoor - Twitter Roxanne Chester - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Drew McCoy - Twitter Chris in Alabama - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Alex Welch - Twitter Doug Mataconis - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Martha J - Twitter NeoLiberal Federalist - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Kyle Smith - Twitter Joanne Evans - Facebook YOUR NAME HERE
Jonathan Alter - Daily Beast Noah Rothman - Commentary YOUR NAME HERE
Randall Swanson - Twitter Nicholas Grossman - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Alex Nowrastah - Twitter Ryan Huber - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Greg Doucette - Twitter MT from CC - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Sally Walker - Twitter Cory Williamson - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Christopher Meng - Twitter Autarkh - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Jenna Seeks - Twitter Kevin Baker - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Dennison Miller III - Twitter Ragnar Danneskjold - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Jason - Twitter Nom DeGuerre - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Jeff Kemp - Twitter George Will - Washington Post YOUR NAME HERE
Smalrus - Twitter Brian Rosenwald - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Sandra - Twitter @Nel_Mezzo - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Golby, Howell - Twitter James Comey - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
Kiwani - Twitter RainbowPatriot - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE
David Fabian - Twitter Heather Hughson - Twitter YOUR NAME HERE


Welcome aboard and stay divided my friends!

Vote for divided government

LAST UPDATED: 15-September-2018 - Continuing to add to the Coalition.

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