MW over at Divided We Stand (in my opinion, a must read blogger) seems like the kind of person I would enjoy a few hours of good coffee and conversation with. We don't agree across the board (sorry MW, I'm sorely unimpressed with Pelosi, and the job the dems have done since winning the majority in congress), but that's to be expected. He's part of a growing consortium of folks who think the best way to disempower government corruption is to work in unison to make sure no single party controls the government. Historically, this has meant one party in the white house, the other party in control of congress. Recently, some in the divided government camp have been pushing for that division to be even more individual, with congress also split evenly down bipartisan lines. In concept, this should force a slowdown of congress' ability to sail legislation through unchecked, and an increase in cooperation between the two sides.
I can't say I'm a huge supporter of this concept; in my mind, the only absolutely effective way to force the parties to act like they believe in their respective campaign platforms is to all register as independents, and to get behind a viable third party solution. I think the big boys could use a lesser watchdog in congress to remind them it doesn't have to be just red or blue, and it's kind of hard to polarize three ways. However, noting that Divided Government is eminently more possible (by which I mean has been successfuly accomplished for 44 of the last 100 years or so), I think I have to at least say that making divided government a focus is the least we can do, the most basic step in the right direction that we can take.