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  •  Oh sure, and as I pointed out in the diary (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, twohundertseventy

    proportional representation is the only truly "fair" solution, especially compared to just drawing non-partisan maps nationwide since as you point out Democrats are certainly more concentrated.  However I do have a hypothesis that if we had a national California-style commission, Democrats would have narrowly taken the house and I tried to show this when I presented "fair" maps for all the states and I think that was a good first effort, but I really want to turn that idea into a true research paper, maybe when I write my dissertation so that I can correct for any inherent pro-Democratic biases that I would have in drawing the lines.

    Also when I used the word "stole" it's because A) I wanted it to get on the rec list and B) couldn't think of anything else that was concise enough yet would still get people to be active in working towards a solution.  If you're familiar with most of the other articles I've written I don't write with nearly as much bombast so it was really about the audience and I'd say it had the intended effect.

    The main point of this diary wasn't just to say whether gerrymandering is fair or unfair or whether commissions solve the problem (though I did weigh in on both), but it was to get people to do something constructive.

    I do have to agree though that our system is just inherently unstable and if you're familiar at all with Juan Linz's the Perils of Presidentialism (pdf) it seems pretty obvious that we're headed to some sort of constitutional crisis.

    NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

    by sawolf on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 09:45:12 AM PST

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