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  •  Chicken and egg... (3+ / 0-)
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    Basically what you are saying is that the shape of the districts don't match the number of votes cast - which is the whole point of gerrymandering, to concentrate the popular vote of the other party into areas that won't win districts.

    It's hardly a meaningless issue. If we want representative government, we can't depend on winning control of the ability to draw the district along unrepresentative lines.

    •  i didn't say the issue was meaningless (0+ / 0-)

      i said the stat is, and it is.  and we are only talking about less than 1% difference in those vote totals.  

      it's also true that of the 234 House seats held by the GOP, Obama only won 15 of them.  i'm not sure one can chalk that entirely up to gerrymandering.  i suppose comparing, as best as may, to the 2008 presidential results might be illuminating.

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:37:58 AM PST

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      •  201+15 (0+ / 0-)

        =216. Just shy of the majority.

        President Obama did win over 50% of the vote. The stat is correct. He still essentially tied and nearly carried a majority of house districts. With a competitive districting process he would have a majority of the house. Probably 220 (D)-215(GOP) is the "correct" house majority which has been subverted at the legislative level.

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