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Anti-democratic and proud of it: the GOP boasts about holding House despite getting fewer votes

Posted by Charles II on January 15, 2013

Via MaddowBlog, the Republican State Leadership Committee brags about how unpopular the GOP is:

Farther down-ballot, aggregated numbers show voters pulled the lever for Republicans only 49 percent of the time in congressional races, suggesting that 2012 could have been a repeat of 2008, when voters gave control of the White House and both chambers of Congress to Democrats.

But, as we see today, that was not the case. Instead, Republicans enjoy a 33-seat margin in the U.S. House seated yesterday in the 113th Congress, having endured Democratic successes atop the ticket and over one million more votes cast for Democratic House candidates than Republicans.

all components of a successful congressional race, including recruitment, message development and resource allocation, rest on the congressional district lines, and this was an area where Republicans had an unquestioned advantage.

Through clever gerrymandering, they also held state houses in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

And, according to Rachel, they are going to use their control of the state houses to make all presidentially-blue states split their electoral college votes. If they had been able to do this in 2012, Mitt Romney would have had an electoral college landslide.

Sounds like a winning strategy, ruling people against their will. Right up until the revolution, of course.


6 Responses to “Anti-democratic and proud of it: the GOP boasts about holding House despite getting fewer votes”

  1. They’ve bought themselves maybe an extra five to ten years at the state level. But the thing about gerrymandering is that it works by spreading around groups of people who will vote for you so you get just enough votes to win in a large number of areas while conceding a few key spots to your foes, who are concentrated in a smaller number of districts that they win by huge margins. What happens when your foes are so numerous – and so widely spread – that you can’t confine them to a few Bantustans anymore?

    That’s what’s happening now, as Latino and other nonwhite groups outgrow WASPs. Texas could, despite Tom DeLay’s worst efforts, turn blue as soon as the next presidential election.

  2. Felicia said

    I think they want to make sure only their votes count…

  3. MEC said

    Garry Trudeau is taking on this story, too.

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