GOP brags they only control the House because of gerrymandering

Of course, if Obama had filled all those federal bench openings with strong liberals using recess appointments… oh, never mind:

In a classic Kinsley gaffe, the Republican State Leadership Committee released a report boasting that the only reason the GOP controls the House of Representatives is because they gerrymandered congressional districts in blue states.


The RSLC’s admission came in a shockingly candid report entitled, “How a Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority in 2013″. It details how the group spent $30 million in the 2010 election cycle to sweep up low-cost state legislature races in blue states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Their efforts were so successful, in fact, that Republicans went from controlling both legislative chambers in 14 states before Election Day to 25 states afterward.


In turn, the new Republican majorities would be tasked with redrawing congressional districts for the 2012 election. “The rationale was straightforward,” the report reads. “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.”


This effort paid off in spades. As the RSLC’s report concedes (and ThinkProgress hasdocumented extensively), a majority of Americans voted for Democratic congressional candidates on Election Day, but only through the miracle of gerrymandering did Republicans wind up controlling the House.

Read the report.

One Response to GOP brags they only control the House because of gerrymandering

  1. Ron January 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    GOP, the party of ethics and fair play. Uh, not so much obviously. And now in your own state, you have Repukes openly planning to use the same strategy to steal the presidential election. I’m still waiting for someone, anyone at Justus to weigh in on this blatant criminality. Oh yeah . . . IOKIYAR. A sure recipe for civil strife.

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