WHAT GERRYMANDERING LOOKS LIKE
WERE THEY WATCHING "LUSTY BUSTY DOES DALLAS" AT THE TIME?
We’ve all heard about “Dragon-Shaped” and “Snake Headed” Congressional districts that have emerged after the past two or three Census tabulations where “safe districts” are created to ensure that one party maintains an electoral edge based on the demographics of the “neighborhoods” included in the newly engineered district. Sometimes Congressional Districts are redrawn by state legislatures, sometimes by state government appointed commissions and sometimes by consultants. No matter who actually draws the boundaries of Congressional District No. XY, more often than not the new boundaries capture a population that virtually ensures a predictable partisan outcome come next election and subsequent ones. That is, of course, until the next Census when maybe the powers that be have switched sides.
And lest you think that such manipulations of Congressional District boundaries are more common to one party than another, let me tell you that this is a totally bi-partisan pastime joyously engaged in by both Democrats and Republicans.
|MD 3rd. District|
A good example of how totally screwed up, if creative (not to say laughable) are the results of trying to corral like-minded voters into a single, safe district, is Maryland’s 3rd District that covers – well, “covers” is not the correct term – let’s call it “scattershot-wise” encapsulates - several areas of suburban Baltimore, suburban Washington, a few Chesapeake Bay swaths of shore grass lands and a couple of narrow corridors kinda linking some of the disparate, like-minded, “communities” together.
Frankly, looking at the pattern formed by the 3rd District, I’m thinking that one or more guys were sitting around a map of the state while watching porn and engaging in that time tested self-pleasuring activity we men call masturbation and used the results as the Third District map.
But that’s just me and my warped mind.
Here are a few more examples of “scattershot” Districts that look like – well, you decide:
North Carolina's 12th District:
Pennsylvania's 7th District:
Arizona's 2nd District:
Texas 35th District:
But as the Daily Kos points, out the gleeful activity of redistricting actually does have real world consequences.
Daily Kos Post 2102 Election Analysis
Nationally, Democrats won 50.6% of the two party share of the House popular vote, but only won 46.2% of the seats. Breaking it down by some of the states we get:
In every state, Republicans won a higher seat share than their vote share (Georgia and a few others are deflated since some Republicans were uncontested). Though gerrymandering didn't contribute a great deal in states like Georgia where drawing single-member districts is what screws us, there are others like Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas where gerrymandering cost us multiple seats per state.
How will this ridiculous state of affairs whereby whoever controls the state legislature – Democrats or Republicans – gets to re-draw Congressional Districts to suit their own partisan ends and wind up with Districts that look like cum splatters on a glass topped coffee table be corrected?
Fuck if I know!
Have a good day! And remember, in the contest to redraw Congressional Districts, you too might have a chance to influence the outcome in your District so long as you photograph your table top emissions. So come on, men, send them in to your House of Representative’s office and let the contest begin! You never know!