Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gerrymandered To Death

So wow, Eric Cantor. No one saw that coming. If they had our lovelies on cable news would have been milking the story for weeks. I have a few thoughts.

  • It's relieving to see that a small, upstart campaign being outspent 25 to 1 can still roil the well laid plans of the political elite. Yesterday the question was 'when will Cantor become speaker?' Today the question is 'which lobbying firm will he work for?'
  • Immigration reform is now severely wounded, and with it Republican chances in 2016 and beyond. You can't win the presidency with 27% of the Latino vote and you're not going to get above that number whilst supporting the harsh anti-immigrant tone demanded by tea party regulars.
  • Gerrymandering has enabled Republicans to keep control of the house in the short term, but pandering to a structurally artificial conservative minority is destroying their credibility with the general electorate. I fear they are being gerrymandered to death, and while I rejoice in that as a progressive it is a bad thing for democracy.
That's my clam, well-reasoned take. For something more explosive check out this.


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3 comments:

  1. That whole gerrymandered meme is a canard. The GOP is poised to take over the Senate, and last time I checked one can't gerrymander a state.

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  2. “Although the Republicans won 55% of the House seats, they received less than half of the votes for members of the House of Representatives. Indeed, more than half-a-million more Americans voted for Democratic House candidates than for Republicans House candidates. There was no split-decision. The Democrats won both the presidential election and the House election. But the Republicans won 55% of the seats in the House.

    This seems crazy. How could this be?

    This answer lies in the 2010 election, in which Republicans won control of a substantial majority of state governments. They then used that power to re-draw congressional district lines in such a way as to maximize the Republican outcome in the 2012 House election.”

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  3. Eric Cantor sucks, but so did that video.

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