August 2nd, 2011


Welcome to a parliamentary system

For years, I've looked at the way the fringe parties in Israel force the near-but-not-quite-majority parties to do their bidding by demanding various things (cabinet portfolios, money for their pet programs, certain government policies) as the price of joining or staying in the governing coalition. And our two-party system has looked pretty good by comparison.

I just realized that the Tea Party is to the Republicans as Shas (I wanted to say UTJ, but they joined after the coalition was over 61 seats) is to Likud. Except that they are coming in by being elected as Republicans.

Nonetheless, I think that the US now has the governmental paralysis typical of the Knesset, and from the same root cause.