Life in a Single-Party State

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I voted early this morning at my local elementary school here in Washington, and once again I was reminded of what it is like to live in a one-party state. The mayor's race, the only race of consequence, since we have no voting representation in Congress, was settled in the Democratic primary a couple of months ago. Most voters in Washington are Democrats, which is fine, I suppose, except it means that the Palestinians will achieve statehood before we achieve statehood. Maybe even the Kurds will gain statehood before us. Though we should safely beat the Tibetans.

If D.C. voters split their vote between Republicans and Democrats, we would have a better chance of achieving representation (the taxation part we already have), because Republicans in Congress would be slightly more likely to enfranchise the city if they didn't think that do so would mean the creation a reverse-Utah on the Potomac. But this is a real tilting-at-windmills exercise. Most of the people I know around here would sooner give up their Volvos than vote Republican, even for tactical reasons in meaningless races.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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