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It's really a direct mapping. You have a President and Secretaries, compared with a Prime Minister and a Cabinet. The seats in the 'cabinet' are more or less the same in the key posts in both systems (Defence, Treasury, Foreign etc). So what we are talking about is if Obama faced several resignations among his Secretaries, especially women (or other 'minority') at the same time as he faced huge losses in state elections and governorships. Add into this the equally bicameral Congress or Parliament in which both houses of each are increasingly discredited as being on the take, and doom is upon you.

Even the media play quite a similar role in providing a context for politics.  Almost all hierarchical systems have the same weaknesses. But in good times they look like the bee's knees.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 02:50:10 PM EST
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