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"What is your rational for suggesting that all members of congress are intimidated by the tea party minority? Why would they be intimidated by tea party members if they are a majority?" -- jfpinlvn
Our Democracy Is at Stake
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: October 1, 2013
“Give me the money and nobody gets hurt.” How did we get here? First, by taking gerrymandering to a new level. The political analyst Charlie Cook, writing in The National Journal on March 16, noted that the 2010 election gave Republican state legislatures around the country unprecedented power to redraw political boundaries, which they used to create even more “safe, lily-white” Republican strongholds that are, in effect, an “alternative universe” to the country’s diverse reality.
“Between 2000 and 2010, the non-Hispanic white share of the population fell from 69 percent to 64 percent,” wrote Cook. “But after the post-census redistricting and the 2012 elections, the non-Hispanic white share of the average Republican House district jumped from 73 percent to 75 percent, and the average Democratic House district declined from 52 percent white to 51 percent white. In other words, while the country continues to grow more racially diverse, the average Republican district continues to get even whiter.”
According to Cook, the number of strongly Democratic districts decreased from 144 before redistricting to 136 afterward. The number of strongly Republican districts increased from 175 to 183. “When one party starts out with 47 more very strong districts than the other,” said Cook, “the numbers suggest that the fix is in for any election featuring a fairly neutral environment. Republicans would need to mess up pretty badly to lose their House majority in the near future.” In other words, there is little risk of political punishment for the Tea Party members now holding the country hostage.
(entire column at above URL)
The Tea Party has enough influence to intimidate other congressional members, even the Senate Minority Leader is having his strings pulled by a Tea Party member that isn't even in Congress. Apparently most all, if indeed all members of congress are afraid of the Tea Party. McConnell has an opponent in Kentucky who is using intimidation to steer him, as is Bohner who is putting his position as Speaker above that of the country because of Tea Party members. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-mitch-mcconnells-vanishing-act/2013/10/04/2f2985d4-2d0e-11e3-97a3-ff2758228523_story.html?tid=auto_complete
Posted by TxGrandpa2
What is your rational for suggesting that all members of congress are intimidated by the tea party minority? Why would they be intimidated by tea party members if they are a majority? I don't think that they are so afraid of the tea party as much as they are afraid of their constituents, that made their feelings known in the last congressional election...as well they should be.
Liberal sources claim that tea party enthusiasm is waning but I am not so sure that is really the case. OTOH, the Dems are playing a very good propaganda game and it may work. I guess we will have to wait for the river card to see.
Posted by jfpinlvn