As Dana Milbank of the Washington Post writes:
The mantra has been intoned by John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and many other party eminences, and there is a certain logic to saying that the voters, by giving Republicans the House, were asking for divided government.
But the claim to represent the voters’ will doesn’t add up.
The final results from the November election were completed Friday, and they show that Democratic candidates for the House outpolled Republicans nationwide by nearly 1.4 million votes and more than a full percentage point — a greater margin than the preliminary figures showed in November. And that’s just the beginning of it: A new analysis finds that even if Democratic congressional candidates won the popular vote by seven percentage points nationwide, they still would not have gained control of the House.
Why would that be? Redistricting of course:
In a very real sense, the Republican House majority is impervious to the will of the electorate. Thanks in part to deft redistricting based on the 2010 Census, House Republicans may be protected from the vicissitudes of the voters for the next decade. For Obama and the Democrats, this is an ominous development: The House Republican majority is durable, and it isn’t necessarily sensitive to political pressure and public opinion.
Of course the EXACT same thing has happened in Wisconsin:
Gordon analyzed election results in state senate races and this was his conclusion: “Based on the numbers reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, adding up all votes cast in the Wisconsin State Senate races shows that Democrats received 475,116 votes (50.5%), Republicans received 451,928 votes (48.1%), and others received 13,100 (1.4%), yet the Republicans gain seats and take the majority in the Senate.”It also happened in the Wisconsin State Assembly!
They continually take electorol votings beating and continue to keep or gain control of the Government.
Its of no wonder why the "tea party" has been dropping in popularity as quick as you can say "earl gray". I guess all the pretending to "wrap themselves in the Constitution" and then loving their artificial hold on Government has shown them to be the hypocritical astroturf group we all knew they were!
Even the right wing editor of the Beloit Daily News thinks the republicans have gone too far!
However the best quote of all of this comes from Robin Vos, new speaker of the Assembly:
"I don't have any plans to ever run for a political office higher than this one," Vos says. "I'm not using this position as a steppingstone to run for Congress, to run for governor or became the state treasurer or whatever. I care for the institution. I love the Legislature. I think we should be the most powerful branch of government because we are the most representative of the people. And I want to do everything I can to make my constituents proud back in Racine County."What Vos really needs to say, to make it more accurate is, that they are most representative of the least amount of people.
Somewhere Thomas Paine is rolling over in his grave!
"The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case." -Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government (1795)