The GOP is resolved to the fact that they can't win without cheating. So they cheat. Virginia republicans pushed through a measure in the 20-20 Senate to make it easier for them to redistrict. They waited until Democratic Senator Henry Marsh, a 79 year old civil rights activist, left to attend the inauguration on Monday.
It's time for us to begin acting on the cheating strategies of the GOP.
It's time for us to get serious about state and local politics. At least as active as we are for national. Because these assholes are dismantling democracy beginning at the state level. Were it not for their gerrymandering, Pelosi would have the gavel today and we wouldn't be arguing about the debt ceiling. Or immigration. Or DOMA. Or a jobs bills. Or tax rates for rich people. Or the corporate tax rate.
STATE and local politics is killing us at the federal level and it will get worse as the years go on, as GOP realizes that demographically they cannot win without imposing a severe handicap on its opponents. The time to get geared up in NOW. This isn't going to get any better (unless we get active). Are you in?
If you haven't joined the State and Local Action group, I ask you to please consider it. And contrary to DK protocol, I am asking that you rec this diary.
In the coming weeks (by the end of February) I'll be making an announcement about some exciting new developments that will help us organize at the state and local level; actually educate people at the very grassroots level; compete with the rightwing radio spin machine; and help state and local candidates who lack support in their races.
It's time to get serious about this stuff, folks.