Let's not totally despair about the U...

Let's not totally despair about the U.S. House

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Bob Schmahl

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Dec 4, 2012
In the total 2012 popular vote for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats currently lead by a little over a million. The final total will be just a bit higher. Yet Republicans will likely end up with a 34 seat/17 vote advantage. That's because of wildly unrepresentative district gerrymandering, in the wake of the electoral disaster of 2010, especially in Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Most of the reactions to the above, that I've seen, tend toward the range from bitter despair to sullen acceptance. I prefer this.

Democrats, though, are making a big mistake in attributing our failure solely to gerrymandering and essentially giving up on retaking the House the rest of this decade as many pundits are suggesting. I remember the same points being made after the 2002 and 2004 failures to retake the House, and in 2006 and 2008 we not only retook the House but added considerably to the margin in 2008.
That's from a fairly long essay, by online standards that is, but I recommend taking time to read it in full. Sorry to be all trite, but the fact is, that the only sure thing is that simply dismissing the possibility of victory will lead to defeat.

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Dec 4, 2012
If you are going to cut and paste this drivel over and over again, at least attribute it to the true authors and sources. All of us here know that "Biggie Schmalls" is incapable of even such banal banter.

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Dec 4, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
If the GOP doesn't settle the fiscal cliff soon, the Dems will easily take the House in 2014.
Still no credit for the author of your drivel?

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 4, 2012
Bob Schmahl wrote:
Still nothing but insults? Man you right wingers have got nothing left.
What insults? You plagiarizing some left leaning pseudo journalist and being called out on it?

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