Does anyone earn respect these days for being able to work across the aisle? In general I think that any given party would run the country right into the ground without the other to balance them. If there is no incentive to work together and in fact there is a penalty at the ballot box, I really don't see how the country will solve any problems.
Should We Be Thrilled that Gerrymandering Makes the House R's Immune?
Using Wasserman’s tally, Millhiser ranked districts by the Republican margin of victory and calculated that for Democrats to have won the 218 seats needed for a House majority they would have had to have added 6.13 percentage points to their popular-vote victory margin of 1.12 points.
To put the Republican advantage in perspective, Democrats could win the House only if they do significantly better than Republicans did in their landslide year of 2010 (when they had a 6.6-point advantage). That’s not impossible — Democrats did it in 2006 and 2008 — but it’s difficult. Republicans don’t have a permanent House majority, but they will go into the next several elections with an automatic head start. For many, the biggest political threat comes not from Democrats but from conservative primary challengers.
In theory, the Supreme Court could decide before then that this rigged system denies Americans fair and effective representation. But this won’t happen anytime soon. For now, Democrats need to recognize that the Republican House majority will respond only sluggishly to the usual levers of democracy.
Well, I may be wrong, Hawkeye, but they ain’t immune…and the Gerrymandering (which is real) may one day soon come back to bite them on the ass. In fact, I would guess that the Gerrymandering is more likely to come back and bite them on the ass than to make them immune.
Said another way: The current Gerrymandering is the Law of Unintended Consequences waiting to rear its ugly head.
you can say it over and over again if you like but let me know when you come up with an argument to back it up.
When gerrymandering finally ends they will fall and fall hard.
As long as cities lean one way and the countryside leans the other, you will be able to group all the liberals together and all the conservatives together to form safe districts.
(But we'll have to wait until the next census for a fair redistricting if gerrymandering is to die a natural death
I don't think gerrymandering will end soon because the fundamental situation that allows it to occur won't end soon