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  •  I think that if the rules are changed, Democrats (3+ / 0-)
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    geekydee, RUNDOWN, Jon Says

    will adapt and operate under those rules.

    I know that gerrymandering sucks, but Republicans were able to largely win more congressional districts in PA and OH (and others) even though they lost those states at large because the urban-rural divide tends to pack more urban (ie: liberal) voters into fewer districts.  The popular vote was close enough (1% margin) where Republicans were able to sweep those swing (purple) congressional districts.

    So under the nature of the winner-take-all system, the Democrats expended resources in the 2012 campaign to run up the vote in those urban areas.

    If the election was based purely on the EVs decided by congressional districts, more resources would have been expended to try to win those swing/persuadable districts.  The overall popular vote might have looked a lot different under those rules.

    But yeah, the Republicans want their cake and eat it too.  They want to preserve the winner-take-all rules for red states while splitting the EVs in those purple states.  They want to change the rules in their favor.

    •  Yeah, about that (1+ / 0-)
      I think that if the rules are changed, Democrats will adapt and operate under those rules.
      Even if the rules are changed to eliminate Democrats?

      ''The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security for our Republic.'' - Justice Hugo L. Black of the Supreme Court

      by geekydee on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:49:54 AM PST

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    •  No, no, no (0+ / 0-)

      There is no "adapting" to this type of chicanery. This, coupled with gerrymandering, is nothing short of fraud. This must be stopped and, ultimately, the electoral college totally scrapped. Popular vote NOW. Everywhere.

      Stupid Quaternary Period!

      by obatanga night on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:29:44 AM PST

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