Saturday, December 22, 2012

ProPublica — How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Instead, despite getting fewer votes, Republicans have maintained a commanding control of the House. Such a disparity has happened only three times in the last century.
Analysts and others have identified redistricting as a key to the disparity. Republicans had ayears-long strategy of winning state houses in order to control each state’s once-a-decade redistricting process. (Confused about redistricting? Check out our song.)
Republican strategist Karl Rove laid out the approach in a Wall Street Journal column in early 2010 headlined “He who controls redistricting can control Congress.”
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How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters
Olga Pierce, Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer | ProPublica

5 comments:

Daniel said...

If Democrats didn't do such an atrocious job among white men over 50, no amount of redistricting could save the GOP.

Tom Hickey said...

I wouldn't exactly say that Dems "did an atrocious job with white men of 50,: but rather that that white men over 50 have an attitude. The majority of them really think that they are privileged and are being taken advantage of by women and "non-whites," whatever that means. They don't get that times have changed.

The funny thing is that most of them think that they are still attractive to women under forty, too, even those in their twenties and thirties, because they can afford to pay for sex. They really are delusional.

John Zelnicker said...

However, a few of us who have passed the delusional fifties KNOW we are attractive to women in their 40's, though not 20's or 30's, as long as we keep the right attitudes. ;-)

Tom Hickey said...

Hey, I am not talking about guys like us that stay in shape. Just the "muffins." :)

John Zelnicker said...

lol