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45. Gerrymandering takes place when the bad guys own most of it at the state level.
Sun Apr 23, 2017, 12:20 PM
Apr 2017

Because if THEY'RE in charge in the years immediately after the census is taken and the results are presented, then THEY get to reapportion the congressional districts. THEIR secretary of state certifies it, and THEIR governor formally approves it.

SOMEHOW we have to figure out how to flip enough of 'em that WE start prevailing at the state level again.

And yet, I'm also reminded about the Kansas district that was up for grabs a few weeks ago. We lost (again). But we lost by a remarkably small margin, considering how easy a free pass all things republi-CON had enjoyed there in the past. The DNC didn't bother with that one, either. What if they had? I've heard the speculation that if there'd been greater and more prominent support there, and the DNC had made it a priority, we could have narrowed that already surprisingly narrow gap all the way to the winner's circle.

There are FAR too many districts and even states - where the Dems haven't bothered to put up even a small fight. Just wrote it off, from the get-go. Without even blinking. Howard Dean complained about that before he was DNC chair. He talked repeatedly about visiting some of these districts in enemy territory and hearing from Democrats who were, politically-speaking, starving. STARVING! Starving for support, attention, ANY kind of assistance or backing. They were abandoned. And he described how they complained to him - they'd asked, begged, called, sent and left messages, pleaded - for some support. They'd tell him "Hey! We're here too! We've got Democrats here. Right HERE! NEEDING your help! PLEASE!!! We could even win this if we ONLY had some support! We NEED the resources!!! PLEASE!!!" And these people were just ignored. Their needs and their pleas just blown off. No, we have to focus on the "battleground states."

Well, SCREW THAT!!! That's SPECTACULARLY IDIOTIC! EVERY state is a battleground state. And Democrats should run somebody in EVERY election! How many of those seats in the state legislatures and even Congress - where no Democrats bothered even trying to run? The CON ran unopposed. Or maybe a Peace & Freedom party ran or some such odd-man-out. But there were no Democrats on the ballot. Those Democrats in those places didn't even have a choice! They weren't just not represented, they didn't even have anybody in the running to TRY to represent them, or at least bring THEIR concerns into the campaign and then the voting booth!

THAT'S what has to stop. THAT'S what I hope is changing. It is a political mortal sin to leave seats and opposing party candidates unopposed. A MORTAL SIN! It is a political mortal sin NOT to run SOMEBODY in there. To embrace defeat before it's even time to start a campaign. That is freakin' UNTHINKABLE! And UNFORGETTABLE! Or it SHOULD be!

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If we can't get rid of this idiot, we're doomed. n/t TreasonousBastard Apr 2017 #1
It must be a brain defect that causes a person to become a Republican. Vinca Apr 2017 #2
Republicans don't care about the general public's health, safety and welfare. CottonBear Apr 2017 #3
They don't care at all Afromania Apr 2017 #4
Ain't that the sad truth. CottonBear Apr 2017 #13
Until and/or unless it hits home - and hits home HARD. calimary Apr 2017 #25
I use that on libertarian "christians" all the time... paleotn Apr 2017 #35
Yeah. I tried a little of that yesterday at the March for Science. Among friendlies. calimary Apr 2017 #41
It's just legalized campaign bribery sharedvalues Apr 2017 #44
Did she vote for him? n/t malaise Apr 2017 #5
That is The Question of the Year. calimary Apr 2017 #26
Member of the Freedom Caucus aka Republicans who seriously want to kill 24 million Americans dalton99a Apr 2017 #6
Do Congressfolk pay for their health insurance? - Think of the word 'subsidies' keithbvadu2 Apr 2017 #7
We do have the same insurance as congress critters do... usedtobedemgurl Apr 2017 #10
HOWEVER, they get a subsidy which covers 72% of the premiums. groundloop Apr 2017 #14
Then they would not need the exceptions keithbvadu2 Apr 2017 #16
Ouch -- Looks like OH8 is gonna be an easily flippable seat -- no problem. ATL Ebony Apr 2017 #8
I wouldn't bet on it. PdxSean Apr 2017 #11
You'd like to think that but I live in this district. It is gerrymandered in such a way to ensure airmid Apr 2017 #17
Gerrymandering takes place when the bad guys own most of it at the state level. calimary Apr 2017 #45
Ohio is a cesspool of Tea Party members, wingnuts, and White Nationalists. When Boehner left I just airmid Apr 2017 #46
Welcome to DU, airmid! calimary Apr 2017 #47
Obviously, her son should run for Congress, then. Buns_of_Fire Apr 2017 #9
Sadly, this is how most of them think. dawg Apr 2017 #12
How about the son taking THIS Scarsdale Apr 2017 #15
first off . can yoou give me a better job, what if i am disabled you moran AllaN01Bear Apr 2017 #18
the rest of his interview was as equally shameful samnsara Apr 2017 #19
So who is supposed to work in those jobs? greymattermom Apr 2017 #20
Every time this asshole sits down in a restaurant for a meal Mr. Ected Apr 2017 #21
Or sneeze and cough constantly while serving him csziggy Apr 2017 #22
Hey Asshole Warren Davidson .......................reread this again, what you said in quotes turbinetree Apr 2017 #23
How on earth do people of such exceptional cruelty and indifference get smirkymonkey Apr 2017 #24
Time for Warren to get a job in the private sector! bronxiteforever Apr 2017 #27
If they don't care if fellow Americans die, maybe they don't mind killing a few as well. Doodley Apr 2017 #28
This is a common response. MY response to that is that SOMEONE is going to work in that job. Honeycombe8 Apr 2017 #29
This message was self-deleted by its author Mz Pip Apr 2017 #30
screw 'em! paleotn Apr 2017 #31
Mom should have countered DeminPennswoods Apr 2017 #32
They don't believe in minimum wages either... paleotn Apr 2017 #37
And that attitude is what will get the Republicans ousted leftyladyfrommo Apr 2017 #33
What a tightwad uncaring jerk! Left-over Apr 2017 #34
"..his skills are focused in an industry that doesn't have the kind of options..." A man who speaks WinkyDink Apr 2017 #36
This message was self-deleted by its author irisblue Apr 2017 #38
According to some here tazkcmo Apr 2017 #39
They would love to abolish unions and minimum wages BSdetect Apr 2017 #40
Another fine example of Republican Jesus. sarcasmo Apr 2017 #42
Anal Randian mentality from GOP Speaker Ryan on down. oasis Apr 2017 #43
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