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  •  They're safe in Gerrymanderstan (11+ / 0-)

    Another reason why they don't care - they've created districts for themselves where they MUST act as insane as possible - this actually HELPS them get elected, and re-elected. And when it comes down to a choice of helping the country they took an oath to protect, or being in office.... well I think we all know the choice that will be made.

    "Teach a man to fish, he can feed himself for a life. Don’t feed fish." - Future President Paul Ryan

    by Fordmandalay on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:44:40 AM PST

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    •  We all should avoid complacency. (13+ / 0-)

      With the recent Virginia gerrymander, and the ongoing attempts to rig the states in the Electoral College vote, the Republicans are making a naked power grab that goes far against the intent of the Founders, and in fact the entire concept of democracy. The saddest thing of all, to me, is the Republican voter, who doesn't seem to care that this destroys their rights as well, for if the R's pull it off, they have shown an insensitivity to the rights of the people that is unprecedented in a "free" country.

      •  Agreed, but that is a risky move for them also (8+ / 0-)

        What form will the backlash take when Americans understand that had Republicans rigged a system like that for the 2012 elections BarackObama would have won over 5 million more votes than Mitt Romney and still the latter would have easily "defeated" him?

        If we go down that stream we are heading into uncharted waters. George W. Bush lost the popular vote and was elected but it was a narrow margin, and the electoral vote was razor thin. Even so it was at a low level unsettling to the nation.

        I think the response would be "explosive" if Republicans attempt to rule in the way you point to, though I'm not sure what "explovive" would mean in that context. Can you imagine the protests in Washington if a Republican President elect shows up to be sworn in after losing the popular vote by 6 millioin - which could happen under the Republican scheme?

        We need to make Americans understand where this could lead us before it is attempted, so that even making that attempt becomes toxic for the Republican Party.

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