Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Midterm Winner: Fear Spread Misdirected Anger & Unnecessary Worry

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You might ask before finishing this post, how does fear enter the post that follows? Simple: fear by incumbents about losing their seat. Thus this topic I strongly believe is the most serious and compelling issues right along side preserving our guaranteed right to vote. This is the foundation that needs another inspection under a more intense spotlight because old Gerrymandering still lurks in the shadows. 

A quick synopsis of that term: Contrary to one popular misconception about the practice, the point of gerrymandering isn't to draw yourself a collection of overwhelmingly safe seats. Rather, it's to give your opponents a small number of safe seats, while drawing yourself a larger number of seats that are not quite as safe, but that you can expect to win comfortably.

In the midterm that just ended, Republicans appear to have won their largest House majority since the Hoover administration, and they won possibly on at least these three elements:

1.  the weakness of Democratic candidates,
2.  poor resource allocation strategy by Democratic party leaders, particularly DCCC chair Rep. Steve Israel,
3.  an election narrative that did little to inspire base Democratic voters.

Topping off those three elements is the fact that the GOP benefited from the most egregious gerrymandering in American history.

As Rolling Stone reported, GOP donors plowed cash into state legislative efforts in 2010 for the very purpose of redrawing congressional lines. In the following year, as the tea party wave brought hundreds of Republicans into office, newly empowered Republican governors and state legislatures carved congressional districts for maximum partisan advantage. Democrats attempted this too, but only in two states: Maryland and Illinois.

For the GOP however, strictly partisan gerrymandering prevailed in Ohio, Pennsylvania Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Tennessee and beyond.

And, on top all that, factor in fear (e.g., GOP said repeatedly that last few weeks that ISIS was coming and Ebola was already here), plus the sustained hatred for Mr. Obama (they have said repeatedly that he has been absent and wrong since January 20, 2009).

Finally this: An absolute for sure: GOP fear and hatred machine worked overtime and sold that product exceptionally well. A very good read on right wing tactics can be seen in this West Point Study … check it out.

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