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Monday, August 11, 2014

USA Today: Congressional approval ratings hover at historic lows. The Republican Party's brand has tanked. More people than ever think their own congressman should be sent packing. And the most notable act in one of the most unproductive legislative periods on record was shutting down the government for 16 days. Yet Republicans are forecast to pick up as many as a dozen U.S. House seats this November, strengthening their grip on the House majority. "I'd rather be us than them," crows Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., who chairs the House GOP's 2014 campaign operation. Democrats say they expect to make gains in the House, but Republicans have a host of built-in advantages this year.

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I'm glad. Nancy Pelosi can't handle any more botox.

#1 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2014-08-10 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Hopefully the new additions will actually do the job they seek-govern.

We don't need more grandstanding fools looking for a book or Faux News deal.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-10 03:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why Democrats Can't Win Back the House

One word: Gerrymandering. The Democrats won 1.5 million more votes than the GOP in 2012 and remain firmly in the minority.

Redistricting and Congressional Control Following the 2012 Election

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-08-11 11:42 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 10

#3

Gerrymandering has been around since the earliest days of this Republic and both parties engage in it.

Part of what you are talking about more specifically stems back to Civil Rights era rules regarding redistricting that essentially required gerrymandering so that minorities would be well-represented in certain districts, in some cases over 90% of the votes going to one party.

It made sense at the time but given all of the racial progress that has been made over the last 50 years, just like Affirmative Action, it probably doesn't make much sense today. The same holds true for forced desegregation. Segregation is a problem when its forced. When groups of people voluntarily self-segregate out of shared common interests, it's really not much of a problem, if at all.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-11 11:55 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

both parties engage in it.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ

One party has obviously been far more effective at gerrymandering.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-11 12:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

According to TOny's link, the GOP isn't gaining seats so much as keeping them.

Nine seats likely flipped from Republican to Democratic control because of redistricting

Eight seats likely flipped from Democratic to Republican control because of redistricting

Republicans kept control of eight seats they would likely have lost without redistricting

Democrats kept control of one seat they would likely have lost without redistricting

#6 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-11 12:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

It won't matter if they pick up any seats as long as Reid is in charge of the senate and won't allow their bills to be heard or voted on.

#7 | Posted by fishpaw at 2014-08-11 12:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

A report in my local Sunday paper described how my first-term Repub congressman was whining about not being able to get anything done at work. Of course, he blamed the Senate and that evil Harry Reid.

My congressman is a jerk, and were it not for gerrymandering he would not be either my congressman or even a congressman. I live closer to my former congressman (Ohio District 1) than my current congressman (Ohio District 2). The local districts were gerrymandered, in part, because district #1 was a swing district, with representation bouncing between moderate Repubs and moderate Dems--nice people who were pretty much the same. Now I'm stuck with an undeserving jerk who can't man up to the fact that he and his clever Repub pals created the mess in which they find themselves...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-11 12:18 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Well that settles it. Catdog has 1 case he can name with no factual information.

#9 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-11 12:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Gerrymandering has been around since the earliest days"

Irony alert!

Fake "conservatives" take a break from whining about countries direction in order to celebrate the prospect that things remaining unchanged.

#10 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-11 12:35 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

from near the top...

One word: Gerrymandering. The Democrats won 1.5 million more votes than the GOP in 2012 and remain firmly in the minority.

totally agree...

#11 | Posted by earthmuse at 2014-08-11 12:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

If you can't win, change the rules.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-08-11 01:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nader's piece belongs here:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the minority leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, just had her political consultants send out a mass mailing to women asking for money and responses to an enclosed survey of their opinions.

The Pelosi mailing, uninspiring and defensive, is another product of the Party's political consultants who have failed them again and again in winnable House and Senate races against the worst Republican Party record in history. These consultants, as former Clinton special assistant, Bill Curry, notes, make more money from their corporate clients than from political retainers. Slick, arrogant and ever reassuring, these firms are riddled with conflicts of interests and could just as well be "Trojan horses."

A few months ago, even Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and other out of office Republicans who are not raising money from their corporate paymasters, declared their support for increasing the minimum wage. Bill Curry flatly says that the Democrats can retain control of the Senate and take back the House by making raising the federal minimum wage a top 2014 campaign issue. At the very least, the AFL-CIO unions should prepare a big mass media buy soon, since there are less than 100 days to the elections.

Obama does barnstorm around the country at exclusive high contributors' fundraisers. But he is not barnstorming on this BIG proposal that resonates with so many people in their hard-pressed daily life. How can he not understand that, with his "bully pulpit" and hard-working Americans by his side around the country, he could raise real political heat under the Republicans whose refusal to bend on this issue could result in their breaking? The mass media, after all, covers the news-making President everywhere.

The Democratic Party cannot even defend the country against the demonstrably cruel, anti-worker, anti-consumer, pro-big business/Wall Street over Main Street Republican Party. The voting evidence in Congress is fully accessible. The Democrats compiled, but did not adequately deploy a report on some sixty outrageous Republican Party House votes during the last Congress that, if really driven home to voters, would have resulted in a landslide Democratic win against the GOP. Instead, the Democrats allowed the GOP to cover its truly vicious tracks with flowery rhetoric that kept their day of reckoning from seeing sunlight.

My message to Democrats is: Dump your corporate consultants. Just campaign for the necessities of the people. And publicize those Republican votes crisply, widely and repeatedly. (Ralph Nader)

#13 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-11 01:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The word gerrymander (originally written Gerry-mander) was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette on 26 March 1812. The word was created in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under the then-governor Elbridge Gerry (pronounced /ˈɡɛri/; 1744–1814). In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salamander.[1]"

Change the rules? What a bafoon. Boehner changed the rules! In 1812! No less!

#14 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-11 01:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why Democrats Can't Win Back the House: because the plutocrats want to maintain the illusion of a difference between the parties. If one party wins, then it can be held accountable for business as usual(no real reform).

It is a shell game.

#15 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-08-11 02:17 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Dems are 32 percent of the voting public and Republicans are 22 percent.

But Republicans go out and vote while some Dems get all disenchanted about how "the parties are the same" and they might as well have Mitt and John Bolton and Dick Cheney running the country as a Democrat.....

...until those dangerous people actally get into office due to Dems apathetic voting habits, then they will suddenly remember how different the parties really are.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2014-08-11 11:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

The parties are the same from the top down. The brands are different to appeal to whatever the topic of the day is. It's an illusion performed by skilled magicians to fool you into believing you have a choice.

Go ahead and choose. Countries will be bombed and invaded anyways. Their natural resources will be ours regardless of who gives the order.

Eventually it will be our undoing. The only question is which nation will rule over us.

#17 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-12 12:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The parties are the same from the top down."

BS

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-12 12:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

"But Republicans go out and vote while some Dems get all disenchanted about how "the parties are the same""

And are too dumb to realize they are being lead by Republican propagandists. These folks honestly think they are independent thinkers instead of the puppets they really are.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-12 08:18 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"My message to Democrats is: Dump your corporate consultants. Just campaign for the necessities of the people. And publicize those Republican votes crisply, widely and repeatedly. (Ralph Nader)"

When Ralph Nader puts the welfare of the United States before his idiotic ego let me know. I still love Corvairs, drove many of them, am still alive today. Ralph Nader is a self-agrandizing egotistical jerk.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-12 08:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

When Ralph Nader puts the welfare of the United States before his idiotic ego let me know. I still love Corvairs, drove many of them, am still alive today. Ralph Nader is a self-agrandizing egotistical jerk.

Posted by danni at 2014-08-12 08:20 AM | Reply

One would think voting for one party over the other believing they are morally superior to the other is the height of arrogance. It seems to me that real change only happens when you step away from being part of a club and voting on the issues and who best represents them. It's easy to vote straight party tickets. I used to do it myself. But when I did and those that I voted for turn on what you thought they stood for. You wind up feeling duped. It seems to me we are swirling the toilet bowl on our way to the septic tank. We might already be at the septic tank and are slowly being ate up by our own bacteria and I just don't realize it. It may already be too late. I HOPE NOT.

#21 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-12 08:44 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Very good, Larry.

#22 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-12 08:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

NW Larry

#23 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-12 09:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Everyone is ignoring the 900 pound gorilla in the room, the Democrat party is chained to Barack Husein Obama. That anchor will pull them lower than they ever expected to go.

#24 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-08-12 11:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

www.youtube.com

#25 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-08-12 12:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

And are too dumb to realize they are being lead by Republican propagandists. These folks honestly think they are independent thinkers instead of the puppets they really are.

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There is nothing stupid about realizing that power doesn't allow a referendum upon itself. That is called 'reality'. Your world view relies upon incipit sophistry.

#26 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-08-12 12:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

BS

#18 | POSTED BY TOR

all you're voting for is a brand with a wrapper that appeals to you. maybe you like the color or the font; the logo or the claim "Fortified with Vitamins!"

it's all frosted corn flakes. bomb-dropping nation-invading corn flakes.

#27 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-12 01:08 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

all you're voting for is a brand with a wrapper that appeals to you. maybe you like the color or the font; the logo or the claim "Fortified with Vitamins!"

it's all frosted corn flakes. bomb-dropping nation-invading corn flakes.

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www.youtube.com

The fact that you don't understand that this is about YOU, not just the neocons that you laugh at IS THE JOKE.

#28 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-08-12 02:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Lose the house? They better worry about losing the Senate.

#29 | Posted by boaz at 2014-08-13 10:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

That was "Win" the house, they better worry about losing the Senate.

#30 | Posted by boaz at 2014-08-13 10:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

Lose the house? They better worry about losing the Senate.

Posted by boaz at 2014-08-13 10:42 AM | Reply

Keep dreaming Boaz.

#31 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-13 10:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

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