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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Emerging Gridlock Majority

John Judis has said that the "emerging Democratic majority" he wrote about a dozen years ago is dead.

Eh, not really.

There are structural problems created by the Constitution that make it hard for Democrats to win control of the House, but Democrats routinely win a majority of the VOTES for the House.  But because Democratic voters are concentrated in urban districts, Democrats win 75% of the vote in one urban district and 45% in another suburban one.

Of course, the complete and utter dysfunction of the GOP-led Congress ought to get more attention, but we are a politically ignorant people who are "informed" by a stupid media conversation that pays not attention to actual issues of governance and policy.

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