Forget trying to reason with the white bigots who draw up the gerrymandered maps and introduce measures to repress the black vote. Just convince most of the blacks and other minorities to get off the couch and go vote. Whites, most of whom are bigots, are the minority. But nearly all of them vote. Voting statistics for blacks are too sad to repeat here -- this whole topic is depressing enough already.
Two groups of Muslims fighting each other and Jews, with the on again off again interventions of a Super Power 'Christian Nation'.Remove the religious motivations of the groups and what's left are arbitrary lines drawn on maps decades ago.God, if he/she exists, sees all of this as human folly.
This is a flimsy analysis. Mr. Cohn's argument largely proceeds from an unfounded (and likely unconscious) assumption that there is something approximately "correct" and/or immutable about the current structure of congressional districts. From this unfounded framing assumption -- that we have to deal with more or less the current form of districts even after 2020 -- follows the weak conclusion that only "demographic and generational change" could alter Democratic electoral fortunes in the foreseeable future.Yes, trends in political self-identification quite obviously favor Republicans with electoral maps that concentrate urban votes into a small number of districts. This is an entirely unremarkable observation. But there's nothing inherently better about this method of map-drawing. There's nothing that forces its retention over drawing more blended districts -- districts that combine urban, suburban, ex-urban, and rural voters in a way that would bring the proportion of seats a party wins much more in line with its actual share of the total vote in a state. Electoral maps can be drawn quite differently -- starting as soon as the redistricting following the 2020 census. If non-partisan electoral commissions controlled redistricting, we would see more of these districts. And if Democrats had control of the bulk of the state houses in a redistricting year, and an appetite for entrenching themselves in power as the Republicans have done, they could draw even more of them.
Speaking of magical, ahistorical thinking . . . I guess we have to burn maps and atlases published in 1920? Because they do show modern day Jordan, formerly Transjordan, as forming the majority of land area of the League of Nations' Mandate for "Palestine."
While it's fun to speculate on the mental maps of politicians, it's not really that useful. Tell me what they did (are doing) in office, speculate about what drives the decisions, and examine the outcomes. We don't need to spend any more time on the Bush family psychodrama. As for Mr. Obama, he's already covered the father-son issues in his own book. These are old stories and there are a host of new issues that need attention from the Times and it's pundits.