December 31, 2012

75% of congressmembers come from gerrymandered districts

Politico - NBC News's Tom Brokaw has a simple explanation for what's wrong with Washington.

"The fact is the system is rigged," he said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Seventy-five percent of the congressmen come from gerrymandered districts in which they’re bulletproof. They only play to one constituency. There are no swing states. They don’t go home and have to prove their case, because they’ve got a choir back home. And that’s a huge part of the problem here."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about that very problem. If we presume, against all evidence, that there are really enormous substantive differences between the parties, why would it be good to have districts in which having constested elections would guarantee that anything up to 49% of the people would always be unrepresented?

Anonymous said...

Which is better, to have gerrymandered districts, or to leave anything up to 49% of the people unrepresented?

(The question presumes, of course, that (a) the common people are ever represented and (b) there's a real and significant difference between GOP and Dem politicians)