Argument: The Supreme Court still checks one-party rule
- Debate: Divided government vs. one-party rule - con argument.
"The hypocrisy of the 'One-Party Rule' Gambit". Informed Comment. 28 Oct. 2008 - "Second, the Democrats do not have the supreme court, and there is no early prospect of a firm Democratic majority on it. The conservatives on it are still fairly young and energetic. Thomas and Scalia are very far right, and Alito and Roberts only a little less so. Kennedy is a swing vote but not exactly a liberal. The likely retirements will mostly come from the ranks of liberals, so that Obama and a Democratic congress will only be able to maintain a status quo. It is true that they can stop a far-right putsch on the Court, but that is hardly one party rule."