Divide and Conquer?
The forthcoming presidential elections in the US appear to be a colorless event so far.
An introduction to the forthcoming US Elections.
"Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters."
President Obama comes to the end of his second presidential term in 2017. The current presidential candidates view the upcoming election in November 2016 as one which holds more significance than any other. A primary cause for this is tied to the President being a Democrat and the Senate and Congress (the legislative branch of the US government) being controlled by the Republicans.
This has inevitably led to a "war of the Titans" situation, with the legislative branch attempting to block almost all Bills put forth by the White House. It has often even shut down the government and continually threatens to do so on a regular basis. The Conservative road blocks have often led to President Obama issuing executive orders to override the objections put forth by the Senate and the Congress.
Why does this presidential election hold such importance for the candidates and many voters? The answer is that if the Republicans continue to control the Senate and Congress with a Democrat President, the likelihood of bipartisan animosity will become extremely high.
The Democrats obviously wish to take control of the Senate and Congress and keep the Presidency, ensuring an equitable and fluid functionality of the government. By the same token, the Republicans want to retain control of the Senate and Congress and also win the Presidency.
This is not to say that there is no historical precedence of the Presidency and the Legislative Branch of government belonging to opposing political parties. However,