Larry Pressler is worried that the dominance of the two-party system is bad for America. My Republican blog neighbor John Tsitrian thinks we don’t even have a two-party system, just a one-party regime. To rectify that social ill, he’s joining hands and grinding hummus with Democrats:
Tsitrian and former Democratic legislator Tom Katus are hosting a fundraising dinner for South Dakota Progress, the new group formed to support progressive local and legislative candidates. You tell me which you think will be the more provocative mixture: Katus and Tsitrian, or all that Mediterranean food and home-brewed beer.
I am curious: if some Republicans believe a weak Democratic party is bad for their own party, just how far will those parity-minded partisans support the opposing party? Would those Republicans help Democrats reach a 40–60 split with Republicans in the Legislature, then back away and let Democrats fend for themselves? Would those Republicans focus on helping elect a Democratic governor in 2018 to give Pierre a jolt?
And Democrats? what of our commitment to parity? It sounds nice to say we want two-party government, but suppose we really resurged. Suppose we recaptured simple majorities in the Legislature and the Governor’s office. Would we stop there, happy with balance? Or would we pursue the same strategy as today’s Republicans, vowing to take every office in Pierre?
The fun begins Wednesday evening (April 8), 6 p.m., at 821 Upper Pines Drive in Rapid City.