Doonesbury: Shhh... You didn't hear it from the Speaker, but future of the GOP is gerrymandering, voter suppression!


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Red State Rigging is the new voter suppression:

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"This is going on in the states right now. Hey beltway, wake up!"

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Garry Trudeau hit so many nails on the  head with this one, he should treat himself to a new hammer.

I wonder who's behind the secret video camera...

But going beyond the snark, this is pretty serious stuff. Via the Maddow Blog (and please watch the video above):

That's the Republican State Leadership Committee touting the effects of its Redistricting Majority Project, or REDMAP. They write:

President Obama won reelection in 2012 by nearly 3 points nationally, and banked 126 more electoral votes than Governor Mitt Romney.  Democratic candidates for the U.S. House won 1.1 million more votes than their Republican opponents.  But the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is a Republican and presides over a 33-seat House Republican majority during the 113th Congress.  How? One needs to look no farther than four states that voted Democratic on a statewide level in 2012, yet elected a strong Republican delegation to represent them in Congress: Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


[T]he Republican firewall at the state legislative and congressional level held.

Hey beltway, wake up!

  • Actually, I think getting rid of the Voting Rights Act would backfire. At least here in SC, increasing integration in middle-class and upper-middle-class neighborhoods is making it very hard to keep districts with the same percentage of minority voters without some serious gerrymandering. As long as legislators aren't allowed to put older black democrats, younger black democrats, and white democrats in the same districts, those last two groups will continue to be minorities in republican-leaning districts.

    This is good for the older black politicians, too, because they'd actually have some opposition if they weren't running in gerrymandered districts. So, nobody in office on either side has any incentive to change the status quo.