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  •  Why assume when there are facts? (4+ / 0-)

    Wasserman has the House votes and you can see that the Dems got a million+ more votes, but also that there are districts where one party won the house and the other won the presidency.

    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:28:13 AM PST

    •  True (1+ / 0-)
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      mightymouse

      But the point of that article still stands ... that Republican gerrymandering is grossly out of control.

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:01:32 AM PST

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    •  Wasserman's spreadsheet shows another answer (3+ / 0-)
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      SilentBrook, nils o, madhaus

      Put aside the charge of Gerrymandering for a moment, & let's look at the races.

      In 26 House races, there were no Democratic candidates, 9 in states that Obama won. (Crap, no one ran against the Orange Man Boehner, according to this chart. Why was that? He needs to face a Democrat in every election until he's out of office!) The Republicans failed to offer candidates in 21 -- giving them a 5 seat advantage off the bat.

      Yes, 10 of these seats were in deep Red states like Alabama, Mississippi, & Kansas, but looking at the "Other" column for the races there were no Democratic challenger, 13 of them showed healthy 3rd-party totals -- in other words, in 13 races at least 10% of the voters would vote for anyone other than a Republican. Third-party candidates rarely have a decent political infrastructure to get more than 10% of the vote by themselves. Even more surprising, in two races -- CO-5 & KS-3 -- the "Other" candidates received more than 30% of the votes, which should make us all wonder if a well-funded Democratic candidate couldn't have won those two races.

      The problem isn't only Gerrymandering. It's that the Democrats also need to embrace Howard Dean's 50-state strategy. Or we'll never free ourselves of these dysfunctional Republicans & their billionaire supporters.

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