What you are describing is the check and balance system in action. It's not pretty but it wasn't expected to be.<quoted text>
Honest question and I'll give you an honest answer. It's called divide and conquer. Can't defeat them all, so split them up and defeat the smaller groups.
The benefit for both Obama and the democratic party is to gain and maintain power. Blame everything on the Republicans in the hopes the American people are stupid enough to believe it.
Re-winning the election empowered them. But losing the House dis-empowered them a little. Next step, blast the "Tea-baggers." As we see with some of the smaller-minded posters here, it's working. They have a year until the next elections and then time will tell. The smear campaign against Republicans is in full swing.
I still have faith in the American people and predict that more states will turn Red (Illinois included) and Republicans will retake the Senate and keep the House. And Dems will not sit in the White House again for at least 8 years, maybe more. But I don't want to get ahead of myself. I'm not sure society and humanity is gonna last that long as it is.
I didn't major in American history,but using Illinois as a microcosm ( which i am not sure in valid, but it is the best I have) just because one party controls both houses of the legislature and thee executive branch does not ensure that anything gets accomplished.
As I read the charts, one party controlled both the Executive and Legislative branches under Kennedy, Johnson, Carter and George W. Of that group only Johnson was notable for pushing sweeping legislative changes which admittedly were strong social legislation. Still, I don't think many people are seriously debating that the Voting Rights Act or Medicare(the medical care program for people over 65) have caused negative disruption in the long term.
I disagree with your assertions, but even if your predictions about election came true, I don't see the catastrophic downside.
It is important to factor in the very different communications that we have now than we did even in 2001 when Bush took office. The immediacy of emails to your congressmen, twitter, Anonymous have a real impact. Even if the Republicans were swept out next year their positions are not negated.
I don't see the apocalyptic end you are suggesting