In case anyone is starting to wax nostalgic for the communists, let’s remember how they actually governed. They turned
Among the collaborators were the non-communist political parties that held seats in the old East German parliament, all of them under the control of the communist government. With no autonomy or independent voice their role was certainly not to oppose the regime, but merely to serve as window dressing. Presenting the illusion of multiparty democracy would provide (or so the politburo must have believed) a veneer of legitimacy to what was, in reality, a one-party state.
We know what token, tame, toothless opposition looks like in
Nowadays Republican legislators are currying favor with the corner office by promoting Deval Patrick's casino plan and attacking his rival, House Speaker Sal DiMasi, by filing ethics complaints against him. When the Republicans talk you can almost see the Governor's lips moving.
Obviously life in
But when it comes to the Democrats' skill in co-opting the opposition, Eric Honecker would be impressed.