GOP Wonders What Went Wrong In Ohio, Comes Up With Answer: Not Enough Gerrymandering

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After last week’s election losses, the Republican party has begun to wonder what went wrong and, more importantly, what changes they can make to avoid a similar fate in the next election.  It is a rare moment of introspection for the GOP.  Should we rethink our draconian stance on immigration in order to court the Latino vote?  Perhaps we should stop talking about rape as anything other than a totally horrific crime against innocent victims? Think, Republicans, think!!  How do we win back voters?

And then someone finally figured it out.  Book it, done. We’re calling the 2016 election right now for the GOP.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) has realized what has been missing from the GOP party all these years: not enough gerrymandering.

Husted, who already came under fire this election cycle for his partisan governance of provisional ballots, now proposes that Ohio divide up its electoral votes by Congressional district.  You know, to be more fair.

Which doesn’t sound that bad on its face, until you realize that under Husted’s plan, 12 of Ohio’s 18 electoral votes would have gone to Mitt Romney, even though Barack Obama won the popular vote there 50.2% to 48.2%The reason for this is Ohio’s severe gerrymandering of Congressional districts:

Ohio’s incredibly gerrymandered Congressional districts have been drawn to pack Democrats together so they have the majority in only 4 of the state’s 16 congressional districts. In addition to winning those four — assuming Husted would have us adopt the electoral vote allocation used by Maine and Nebraska, the only states to split their EVs by Congressional district — Obama would have also gotten the two at-large electoral votes bringing the final tally to 6 for Obama and 12 for Romney.

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7 Responses to GOP Wonders What Went Wrong In Ohio, Comes Up With Answer: Not Enough Gerrymandering

  1. Barjack


    This is what you end up with when you pack government with lawyers. We need something more representative of our population. Are there really that many lawyers out there?

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt


      I'm one of those lawyers ;) And yes, there are way too many of us.

      Wish we could switch to a national popular vote instead.

    • MarkyMark


      … And as far as I know, Jon Husted is not a lawyer. He was educated as a teacher.

      Maybe we need fewer teachers in government.

  2. Sara Brown


    Here in Georgia we have very few lawyers in our legislature, and because of this they are spectacularly bad at understanding that a LOT of the laws they create will be struck down as unconstitutional once they work their way up the litigation ladder. Hence a lot of time is wasted on our taxpayer's dollar, but you knew that. I only mean to say that lawyers may tend to be a little better at productively writing laws than people who have never passed a class on constitutional limitations on government action. Maybe we should just make candidates take such a class and pass the exam before they can be on the ballot.

    • Bizzy Bee


      I am not a lawyer but I agree with you on this one.

  3. Will


    John Husted is an imminent threat to American democracy, a greater threat than any al-Qaeda terrorist could ever be, and should be forcibly removed from office immediately. He is destroying the foundation of America.

  4. Ron


    While I like the representational system in Nebraska and Maine as a model for all states, it is a useless system unless built in with the non partisan system used in Iowa.