Thursday, January 17, 2013

GOP boasts cheating to win works very well

[Photo: AP file/J. Scott Applewhite]

Guessing they won't be leading the nightly news with this story. Republicans feel so safe from being held accountable for their vandalism of our government process, they feel free to boast GOP voting district rigging protected their power to enforce their own agenda against the will of the people. In a published report titled "How a Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority in 2013″ they gleefully admit they cheated to win:
Farther down-ballot, aggregated numbers show voters pulled the lever for Republicans only 49 percent of the time in congressional races, suggesting that 2012 could have been a repeat of 2008, when voters gave control of the White House and both chambers of Congress to Democrats.

But, as we see today, that was not the case. Instead, Republicans enjoy a 33-seat margin in the U.S. House seated yesterday in the 113th Congress, having endured Democratic successes atop the ticket and over one million more votes cast for Democratic House candidates than Republicans. The only analogous election in recent political history in which this aberration has taken place was immediately after reapportionment in 1972, when Democrats held a 50 seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives while losing the presidency and the popular congressional vote by 2.6 million votes.
To be clear, Obama won by 5 million votes, or 51.1% to Romney 47.2% of the total. Which puts President Obama in history as the only sitting President to win twice with over 50% of the vote since Eisenhower. Not that you would know that if you only listen to the GOP caterwauling about their rigged "mandate" in the House.

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