Saturday, February 9, 2013

GOP Election Strategy: Block the Vote, or Change the Rules

Rig the Vote - Only Way to Win. /s/ the GOP

If the GOP Gets Their Way for 2016

Even Bart knows Cheating is Wrong - He must not be a GOPer???


Original post follows these updates. This topic is finally starting to get much needed national attention as well it should.

Update (February 9, 2013) from National Journal here:

Update from Old Virginny via this news link. It takes us back to in time to the original 3/5 Compromise Era and this modern day one is just as ugly.

The original scheme - the Three-Fifths Compromise of 1787 - was a compromise between Southern and Northern states reached during the Philadelphia convention that year. That scheme outlined a plan that said three-fifths of the enumerated population of slaves would be counted for representation purposes regarding both the distribution of taxes and the apportionment of the members of the newly established House of Representatives.

Blacks then (most were still slaves) would only be counted as 3/5 of a person. Ironically,  now today the modern GOP wants all voters who are unlike them (normally vote Republican) to be also be counted as 3/5 of a valid voter (see chart above from the story). It is very graphic.

This update comes from TPM -- It sure seems like "momentum for an RNC-backed plan to rig blue state electoral votes in favor of GOP presidential candidates (as outlined below) appears to be stalling as more Republicans come out against the idea. Interesting turn of events for the party, what was it Gov. Jindal (R-LA) called them during his speech at the Winter Gathering? Oh, yeah, the "stupid party." What insight on his part.  

Two more updates to the story (which is below). The first is from nbcnews.com (the Rachel Maddow Show). It is quite good and timely (about 5 minutes), and can be seen here click here.

The second update also is from nbcnews.com here: I love the title: "The GOP’s new strategy: Rig the game."

The highlight of GOP plan, if we can call it a plan, is this:  A recent report by the Republican State Legislative Committee made the strategy explicit. “The rationale was straightforward. Controlling the redistricting process in these states would have the greatest impact on determining how both state legislative and congressional district boundaries would be drawn.”
The result?  Republicans so successfully drew the lines to their advantage that in order to win a House majority, Democrats would have needed to win the national popular vote by 7 percentage points, according to a report by the Center for American Progress just released.

Consider Pennsylvania, where the GOP won 18 House seats, despite losing the presidential vote by 5 percentage points. As Slate’s Dave Weigel put it after the election: “The state’s suburbs, exurbs, and rural areas have been rigged to be just outside the range where Democrats might win them.” It was a similar story in Ohio, where they won 12 of 16 seats, despite losing the presidential vote by 2 points, and in Michigan and North Carolina.

Original story here: Win anyway possible - just win, right, Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Poops? Even "rig" an election - wow - that sends a real nice message to the world: the GOP plans to rig an election to win and admits it in public. This story underscores the problem(s) facing the Grand Old Party ... background here in part:

The Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus endorsed a Republican Party plan to rig future presidential elections by changing the way electoral votes are assigned. Under the Republican plan, GOP lawmakers in several states that supported the Democratic candidate for president in recent elections would stop awarding all of their electoral votes to the winner of the state as a whole, and instead award most of them one-by-one to the winners of individual congressional districts. In part because of widespread Republican gerrymandering, if Republicans had implemented this election rigging plan in six key states where they currently control the state government — Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin — Mitt Romney would have won the Electoral College despite losing the popular vote by nearly four points.

Efforts are already underway in several of these six key states to enact this election rigging plan and all but ensure that the next President of the United States is a Republican — regardless of how the American people cast their votes in 2016.

Seven Pennsylvania state house members introduced a bill implementing the GOP election rigging plan this week, and the plan already enjoys the support of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R). A bill backed by Virginia State Senator Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr. (R) would implement the election rigging plan in Virginia. And Wisconsin Republican state Rep. Dan LeMahieu is behind an election rigging bill in his state. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) expressed support for the Republican election rigging plan, but he later backed off that support following significant criticism.

Now, the election-rigging plan is being considered in another one of the six key states, Michigan:  Continue here ...

The law of the land "one-man/one-vote" rule appears to be under consideration as "One-Party/One-Rule" at least for the GOP.  So, where is the outrage??? Funny, now some GOPers are turning against it - I wonder why?

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