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  •  Yes, redistricting is at work on two levels (3+ / 0-)
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    VirginiaBlue, fumie, dragonlady

    First, redistricting for the state legislatures let Republicans preserve or even widen their majorities there, despite their abysmal policy record and general lack of popularity.

    Then those state legislatures, where Republicans wield power out of proportion to the public's choice, get to redistrict their states' representatives to Congress. Republican power in the Senate, where residents of sparsely settled states have heavier votes than those of industrialized regions, should exceed that in the House, where votes are at least somewhat more equally weighed. But today, we see Republicans hanging on to a House majority despite their disappointing their traditional allies and horrifying everyone else. It's that leverage of many small redistricting power plays into one big one which enables such dysfunction.

    The GOP is a party of power for power's sake. Those same state legislatures, where party brand identity and local redistricting tricks allow at least a temporary extension of GOP power, have to use that power while it lasts. So,  next step is simple: get some more mileage out of already-finished work. Use the same redistricting work to take a second branch of government for little additional cost.

    Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

    by chimpy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:20:37 AM PST

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