Change. In another meeting, 2 lobbyists from a prominent DC law firm discussed the legislative outlook for healthcare. One point they made put the election in a whole new light for me: every company in healthcare that depends on government funding should pray for McCain to win the election. Why? There is no better way to guarantee the status quo - and no disruptive healthcare reform happening - than by having one party control of the Congress and the other one in the White House. Here's a perfect example of how that pans out in practice. Conversely, put the democrats in charge and suddenly the prospect of laws being passed without a veto makes everyones stomach contract a little. Taking that little observation a step further - and this is not an opinion but rather a procedural observation - the only way to achieve "change" - is to elect a democrat into the White House. Similarly, the best way to accomplish paralysis in these critical times, is to have an expanding Democratic majority in the congress - which seems all but certain come November - presided over by a Republican. Good luck getting anything done in that mad house.
And so, here I am, constructing a case for veto-proof single party rule. Ugh, I hope I won't have to regret it.