Nothing in politics gets my blood boiling faster than
gerrymandering… it is so grossly and obviously unfair. I bet
you don’t even need to guess which of the two US political parties
has pushed unfair redistricting in recent years.
More than anything for me, this is the story of politics in
America right now: a shrinking and increasingly extremist underdog
party has punched above its weight over the past few election
cycles by methodically exploiting the weaknesses in our current
political system. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, the passing
of voter ID laws, and spreading propaganda via conservative and
social media channels has led to disproportionate Republican
representation in many areas of the country which they then use to
gerrymander and pass more restrictive voter ID laws. They’ve
limited potential conservative third party candidates (like
Trump!) by incorporating them and their views into the main party.
I would not be surprised if Republican donors strategically
support left-of-center third-party candidates as spoilers — it’s
a good tactic, underhanded but effective. They increasingly ignore
political norms and practices to stymie Democratic efforts, like
the general inaction of the Republican-led Congress over the past
few years and the Senate’s refusal to consider Obama’s appointment
of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
Don’t skip the two videos from CGP Grey — they’re excellent.