Voter Suppression

GOP Rep: Gerrymandering Will Help Us Win

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

With the incredibly high and still-rising number of Republicans retiring this year, and with Trump's approval rating still in the toilet, how do Republicans hope to hold control of the House of Representatives?

Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) said the quiet part out loud during an interview yesterday.

I think it starts with the congressional lines. After the redistricting in 2011, a lot of districts were shored up substantially. And that makes a difference. It doesn’t change the number of your majority, but it changes the composition of each district and gets people a little bit more comfortable,” Stivers said.

He added that the GOP would also do well in November because Republicans would have the necessary resources.

When you're asked how you intend to win, I think you're suppose to say you're going to win on the strength of your convictions and policy positions. Or whatever.

You're not suppose to flat out admit that your only hope of winning is partisan and racial gerrymandering even if that's the truth.

  • Christopher Foxx

    When you’re asked how you intend to win, I think you’re suppose to say you’re going to win on the strength of your convictions and policy positions.

    But the Republicans don’t have either of those. More telling, it doesn’t occur to them that they should.

  • Aynwrong

    Rush Limbaugh (yeah, I used to listen to him) used to love to say that “libbies” push for equality because we can’t compete in “the arena of ideas.” What in the bloody hell equality has to do with this, I have no idea. This of course is complete projection. Conservative ideas can’t compete. They simply don’t work as advertised and enough people see that. The only way the GOP can maintain power is if they twist the so called arena like salamanders to choose their own voters.

    This by the way is why I can’t stand self righteous, self serving assholes like Glenn Greenwald. This is the assault on democracy that he can’t be bothered to fight because he’s too busy whining about the surveillance state or some such horseshit.

  • Victor the Crab

    And because of that, voter suppression tactics, and the Bernie Bums threatening to spoil their votes if Democrats don’t give them what they want, among others, no one – AND I MEAN ABSOLUTLY NO ONE – should be thinking that a blue wave is going to wash the country clean come November. Fuck, Republicans could just as easily gain seats in both the House and Senate.

  • muselet

    “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18)

    Tell me you weren’t thinking the same thing, probably with fingers crossed. (Yeah, I’m quoting out of context. Wanna make somethin’ of it?)

    Vote, dammit! Make that fall happen!


  • Undemocratic assholes. Why do they hate America? Oh yeah, because they can’t win any other way.

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