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Commenters on another site where this cartoon appeared accused me of "playing the race card" with this one. I have to try very hard to put myself in the mindset of someone who thinks the Republicans' sudden interest in changing the way electoral votes are apportioned in certain swing states has absolutely nothing to do with race. This post by Jamelle Bouie in The American Prospect gives a nice rundown of the problem. Fortunately, it looks like that plan may be fizzling in my old home state of Virginia.

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Originally posted to Comics on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:50 AM PST.

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  •  GOP acting racist? Perish the though. (13+ / 0-)

    Great comic.
    Thank you.

    Take back the House in 2014!!!! ( 50-state strategy needed)

    by mungley on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:02:22 AM PST

  •  In his book "The Concience of a Liberal" (12+ / 0-)

    Paul Krugman pointed out that every element of the conservative agenda could be chalked up to racist motivation.  I think it's probably overreach to say that all Republicans pursue their goals with racist intent, but their base gets the message nonetheless.  This new strategy of apportioning Electoral College votes according to Congressional District vote is part and parcel with the rest of conservative politics in this respect.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:03:24 AM PST

  •  I'm glad that cooler heads prevailed (3+ / 0-)
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    ... in Virgina as well.  The crazies running the place really are an embarrassment to the rest of us.

    We will see whether the Pennsylvanians are able to fight back against their state leaders' proposals as well.

    •  We've got nuts in WA talking about doing the (1+ / 0-)
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      same thing. Fortunately we elected a good Democratic governor for this term so even though some asshole Dems flipped to Repukes and gave them control of the state Senate their proposal will fail by veto and they know they won't have the 2/3rds necessary to override it.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:14:01 AM PST

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  •  I forget where I read it... (13+ / 0-)

    ...but it went something like this:

    The GOP hates two things: Being called racist, and black people.

  •  Whenever anyone dares to call out racism... (10+ / 0-)

    ... or simply raise the question, there is always somebody who will come along and scream "race card!"

    So what.  Like the NRA, racism deniers are to be ignored.

    I think gizmo59^^, citing Krugman, got it exactly right; not a universal sentiment, but a running theme, to be sure.

    Spot-on toon.

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:11:02 AM PST

  •  Didn't they just release a talking point guide to (3+ / 0-)
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    help them with the "dirty foreign looking people's" vote pointing out that they'd try in the future to reduce the use of terms like 'illegal' and 'anchor baby?'   Now you mock their gerrymandering of the electoral college and illustrate in the first panel just how insidious it actually is?  Shame on you, Tom...shame, shame, shame!  

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:14:52 AM PST

  •  Dirts are people, my friends! (10+ / 0-)

    And, if we don't make land holders more valuable voters than city dwellers, how they hell are we supposed to get back on the gold standard?

  •  I don't see race, says the modern conservative. (7+ / 0-)

    Therefore anything you say that I dislike is racist. When I call the n----r next door a n----r, that's not being racist, that's using your lefty racial slurs as an ironic deconstruction of liberal racism. When you disagree with me for wanting to disenfranchise millions of n----rs who shouldn't be voting anyway, that just shows how racist you really are.

    There you go, racist. Now I'm off to make fun of the welfare-mooching s---s waiting in line for construction work. In an entirely non-racist manner, of course, since I don't see race.

  •  Wasn't this shit resolved in the 1700s? (3+ / 0-)
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    The Great Compromise comes to mind.

    But then wanting to completely remake the US in the image of an ancient theocracy complete with religious aristocracy, never seemed to stop the GOP before.

  •  Funny as this great cartoon strip is, I can't (3+ / 0-)
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    actually laugh because it's too true. Thanks for bringing us this, Jen Sorensen. If we can't stop gerrymandering, we won't be able to stop anything the Republican oligarchy wants to do to us.

  •  This hits on all cylinders (3+ / 0-)
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    One of the best cartoons I've seen on DKos.

  •  Playing devil's advocate here (0+ / 0-)

    but don't we have a republic instead of a democracy so that the majority CAN'T rule over the minority? Would it be right if the overwhelmingly straight population ruled over the minority LGBT population? Then why is it right for the "millions" of urban citizens to rule over the few rural citizens when they have entirely different priorities and needs?

    Food for thought.

    •  You're Arguing At Right Angles To The Issue (1+ / 0-)
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      You are arguing that some questions are outside the legitimate purview of government. This is correct, but has no bearing on the issue of how political questions are decided within the scope of the government's legitimate authority.

      An action that violates rights is equally wrong whether it is one man violating the rights of everyone else, everyone else violating the rights of one man, or anywhere in between. If, to use your example, a political decision goes against the preferences of rural citizens in favor of those of urban citizens because there are more of the latter (but without actually violating anyone's rights), well, too bad for the losers, and better luck persuading a majoiry of voters next time.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:51:07 AM PST

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      •  Good point (0+ / 0-)
        An action that violates rights is equally wrong whether it is one man violating the rights of everyone else, everyone else violating the rights of one man, or anywhere in between.
        That's what it boils down to. I didn't want to give anyone the impression that I think what's going on with redistricting is right, just that the tone of the cartoon sounded as if it thought that the rights of rural citizens were somehow less than the rights of urban citizens because they exist in smaller numbers. Admittedly, that might have been me just analyzing a cartoon too closely.
    •  misleading "republic instead of a democracy" line (1+ / 0-)
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      is a very old right wing dodge. No country currently has or has ever had a true direct democracy. But we do have a democratic republic based on representative democracy. The fact that we choose representatives to speak for a group of people has nothing to do with stopping a majority from ruling over a minority. We have a bill of rights to prevent that. Representative democracy is a function of the impracticality of getting direct input from massive groups of people. Think of a townhall meeting with 300 million people all wanting to speak. So, the next time someone tells you we have a republic, not a democracy, tell them our republic actually is a representative democracy.

      Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

      by tekno2600 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:17:15 AM PST

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    •  Not in elections: (0+ / 0-)
      but don't we have a republic instead of a democracy so that the majority CAN'T rule over the minority?
      Elections are the point...maybe the only point....where the majority wins just because its the majority.

      Besides, "minority rule" leaves us wondering why we would let a few rural citizens rule over the millions, no quote marks, of urban and suburban people.  I know the prevailing attitude in the GOP is that cities are alien constructs dropped in the middle of Real America, but I disagree.  The cities and suburbs don't just have the people.  They are the actual heartland of America.

      That's not even "gun control". It's more like "massacre control".

      by Inland on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:03:54 AM PST

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  •  If they did this in California, the GOP would own (0+ / 0-)

    the White House...but we've got Democratic super majorities in both houses right now...yeah, I'll admit, it feels pretty good...and Jerry fucking Brown as Governor, so we're pretty safe from this kind of shit happening...for now.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:27:25 AM PST

  •  Playing the race card, really?....Just a (0+ / 0-)

    diversionary tactic for what purpose I don't know.  Which makes me wonder, are there any conservative cartoonists?  What in the world can they ever find humor about.

    Your cartoons are great Ms. Sorensen, keep em coming!

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:27:33 AM PST

    •  "Right-wing Humor" is an oxymoron. (0+ / 0-)

      When your philosophy is Authority Must be Obeyed At All Times and Lie Lie Lie, the entire root of humor - speaking truth to power - is murdered in the crib.

      Right-wing cartoonists might be okay on the technical aspects of their craft - but their political thoughts all seem to boil down to two themes: 1) Parrot right-wing talking points even if they're based on lies and straw-men, because you have your orders and you are never to make fun of your own side (even their "humor" is authoritarian); 2) The powerful mocking the less powerful (ha ha let's act like rich white men and make fun of those stupid poor people/POC/women/handicapped/gays!)

      Here's the example I use of the difference between right-wing "humor" and the real thing:

      Two people watch the Marx Bros classic A Night At The Opera. The right-winger laughs when the conceited, famous and powerful opera singer beats Harpo over a minor show of disrespect. The left-winger - along with everyone else - laughs when Harpo hoists that nasty snob by his pantaloons in front of the whole audience.

  •  One Quibble (0+ / 0-)

    Each of the voters in the city and the cow town DOES have the same clout.  Because, that cow town and that city each lie in a  congressional district that has approximately 700,000 people in it (some of the city would be in more than one congressional district).

    That's what burns my ass about it. Here in Virginia, a voter in Warm Springs (population about 5,000) has as much clout as a voter in Virginia Beach (population 440,000). One person, one vote.

    In the 4 congressional districts that voted for Obama, the vote averaged about 65 - 35 for Obama. In the 9 that voted for Romney, the vote averaged about 55 - 45 for Romney.

    This is the race for president - why should it matter specifically where in the state you live as regards how your vote counts? Why should we tie the presidency to the House of Representatives - it's a gross violation of checks and balances to always have the the same party control the presidency and the House.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:31:37 AM PST

    •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

      I probably could have worded that first panel better. The ultimate effect is that the cow town inhabitants' votes count more in the end, as Bouie writes:

      In addition to disenfranchising voters in dense areas, this would end the principle of “one person, one vote.” If Ohio operated under this scheme, for example, Obama would have received just 22 percent of the electoral votes, despite winning 52 percent of the popular vote in the state.
  •  Missed the first time around..fuckin' damm funny! (0+ / 0-)
  •  Our GOP dominated state legislature and (0+ / 0-)

    GOP governor, Rick Snyder, are shameless and lack foresight.  The new crop of legislators are Koch and DeVos backed eager beavers who are chronically salvating to do the will of their bosses and will likely pass such blatant messes.  But when they all lose their seats in the next two elections there will be Amway distributorships awaiting them and all that koolaid will make them think they landed some great private sector jobs.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:46:21 AM PST

  •  i understand the point you are trying to make, Jen (0+ / 0-)

    but the fact is that the congressional districts are not drawn that way.

    Each district does have about the same number of people, so the land does not get to vote.

    gerrymandering squeezes all the Democrats/poor people/black people/sane people into two or three districts so that their clout cannot be spread across the whole state.

    Obama could win those districts by a huge number of votes and still get only one electoral vote, and he could lose the other districts narrowly and lose their electoral votes, even though he won the state as a whole.

    It is all the problems of the state-level electoral college system writ larger.

    But I think it will backfire on Rs and make people start clamoring even louder for a nationwide popular vote.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
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    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:04:34 AM PST

  •  The louder they scream about calling out race, (1+ / 0-)
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    the closer you are to the truth of their biases, IMHO.

    Nicely done.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:14:22 AM PST

  •  it's only fizzling here, because of the horrible (0+ / 0-)

    publicity, and the fact that both the gov. and some republican legislators have aspirations for higher office. they know they'd get killed, by voters, in a senate or house election, if they actually pulled this stunt.

    "Fortunately, it looks like that plan may be fizzling in my old home state of Virginia."

  •  The only one playing the race card is the GOP (0+ / 0-)

    To change the electoral college vote from who wins the popular vote in the state to who wins a congressional district is clearly based on race as urban voters are predominantly Democrat and many are African Americans.  The rural areas are white Republican.  We all know that the Republicans gerrymandered the states to favor the GOP voters while squeezing Democrats into smaller districts.  Paul Ryan openly talked about all of the urban voters coming out to cast their ballots which is why the GOP lost the Presidential race.  The ones playing with race are the GOP.

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