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  •  One possible solution is seen in that Virginia (1+ / 0-)
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    fiasco. Despite its off-off year election cycle and the going AWOL of national election "blues" all too often during those odd numbered year after the national election selections for all state offices this may just piss off NOVA and Hampton enough. If that blue weight comes out to crush state TP/GOP statewide office candidates we may get some traction.

    Our current governor is said to be unenthusiastic about the little Senate coup, but he was the same about the vaginal probe ultrasound and did little to stop it, then signing a "watered down" version despite "moderate" posturing. What he needs to think about is that this may finally bring about a focus of attention of the blue national voters for state matters making statewide office a distant dream for any Republican.

    Most Red States really represent an urban/rural split with the rurals fighting a rearguard, sometimes scorched earth, campaign against those "liberal" or "ethnic" urbanites. Georgia vs. Atlanta has a long, long story with the old County Unit System designed to counter Atlanta:

    Census data from 1960 illustrates the inequities of the county unit system. Although the rural counties accounted for only 32 percent of the state population by that year, they controlled 59 percent of the total unit vote. For example, the state's three least populous counties, Echols, Glascock, and Quitman, had a combined population of 6,980, while Fulton County, the most populous, had a population of 556,326. Collectively, the three smallest counties had a unit vote that equaled the unit vote of Fulton. The significance of this system was that the rural counties enjoyed a control of statewide elections that was out of proportion to their size.
    Much the same, minus that really out-of-bounds system, persists in many states that are "red" at the moment or long term. The strategy of mobilizing the Obama "blue" vote to deny Republicans statewide office in every election for this bad behavior could bear fruit.

    That needs to be a message in every one of the swing states where these electoral vote by CD and gerrymandering craze is fermenting. Do it and forget governorships and such for a generation.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:05:47 AM PST

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