Sunday, November 11, 2012

The fruits of our labors

Mulling over the results of this election, one thing is clear to me. Our biggest obstacle to future progress is gerrymandering. From D.C. to the statehouses Democrats actually won a majority of votes that is not reflected in the number of seats they hold. This the poison fruit of the 2010 debacle that allowed Republicans to take over statehouses just when the new districts were being drawn.

Nonetheless, we did well with the new Democratic House in D.C.:
Come January, women and minorities for the first time in U.S. history will hold a majority of the party’s House seats, while Republicans will continue to be overwhelmingly white and male. The chamber, already politically polarized, more than ever is going to be demographically polarized, too. [...]

“When voters and citizens look at the Democratic Party, what they see is America,” said [Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland].
And when they look at the Republican party, they're going to see pretty much the same old horde of mostly sour-faced old, rich, white guys.

[More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

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