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  •  True that (15+ / 0-)

    Consider that California, with ~38,000,000 people, has two U.S. Senators.  That's more people than the the least 21 populous states combined.   The kicker?  Those 21 least populous states have 42 Senators - almost half of the Senate, even though combined they have less people than the largest state by population.

    Here's a fun hypothetical - assume California is strongly Democratic - let's say 60/40.  Now assume the other 21 states are just as strongly Republican - also 60/40.  For simplicity, we'll say California's population is 38 million even, and the 21 other states have exactly 38 million people too.  How does this shake out, assuming Democratic states elect Democratic Senators and Republican states elect Republicans?  Well, you've got your 2 Democratic Senators, and your 42 Republican Senators - even though among all 22 states, the number of Democratic and Republican voters are exactly equal.  

    •  Any idea what the actual breakdown is? (0+ / 0-)

      In other words, of the 21 least populous states, how many Republican senators are in office?  How many Democrats and Independents?

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 03:51:21 PM PST

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      •  I glanced at the states (2+ / 0-)
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        The thought experiment was more for illustrative purposes on the power of small states, and not so much actual Senate breakdown.  There are small blue states as well as small red states - for every Wyoming a Vermont.  Without totaling it all up, it looks slightly more red, but I wouldn't put money on that.  

      •  No idea. (1+ / 0-)
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        But a person living in Idaho has 3x the Congressional representation than a person in California.

        •  Not really. (0+ / 0-)

          A person living in Idaho has one Representative and two Congressmen, just like the rest of us from any other state.  It's only the Idaho citizenry as a whole which could be alleged to have an advantage.  But since Idahoans don't have a hive mind acting with identical beliefs of a dangerous sort, there doesn't seem to be any real benefit.

          But I get what you're trying to say.

          "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

          by Neuroptimalian on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:52:31 AM PST

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    •  Congratulations (0+ / 0-)

      You have determined the difference between the senate and the house and part of the reason for the difference.

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