Muh Jerreemandering

Today, Democrats and Bernie supporters often whine about “gerrymandering” and how that keeps the House safely in Republican hands even when more votes are cast for Democratic representatives (as in 2012 and 1996). Of course, anyone with a brain knows that’s totally phony, and that they’d be saying “rules are rules, fuck you” if they were in control of that chamber -as they did for over a generation before the glorious Republican Revolution:

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Note: 218 seats required for a majority. Alternative Democratic Seats are what the number of Democratic seats would have been had it followed the Democrats’ share of the two-party House popular vote. Republicans currently have 247 seats. Data from Wikipedia.

Do the math. Republicans today cannot lose the House except in case of war or recession under a Republican president. And present-day Republican gerrymandering doesn’t even hold a candle to what the Democrats did between 1958 and 1992.

I rest my case.

Data here.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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