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A Matter Of Opinion

Sat., June 9, 2007, 8:36 a.m.

Loose thread for the weekend

In the current issue of The Atlantic, writer Jonathan Rauch says one reason the British and other parliamentary systems of government can conduct national elections so much more quickly than Americans' marathons is the concept of a shadow government.
Not only are the respective parties's leaders and agendas well known well before the election, so, usually, are the figures tabbed for the key cabinet positions.
If American presidents identified their cabinets during the campaign rather than after the election, would voters in this country make more informed and more confident choices?

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