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  •  The gerrymandering is such that (0+ / 0-)

    we may not even have a chance in the 2020 elections.

    We should pursue -- in every state we can, that Republicans control -- nonpartisan redistricting.

    But in the meantime, in states that we have the majorities, we should fight fire with fire, and redistrict midstream if we can increase our majorities.

    That will be key to making sure we have a shot in 2020 to be in the position to create favorable -- or even fair -- districts.

    •  I beg to differ (1+ / 0-)
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      Andrew C White

      The demographics are always changing what may be  a safe R seat today, could be a swing district by the end of the decade.

      Many of the legislatures we won back in 2006 were gerrymandered by Republicans, and still won despite that.

      The GOP will need to keep redrawing lines to stay relavant in some states.

      Our focus should be push a non-partisan redistricting this time around, that only way I can see some of the R gerrymanders get wiped out this decade.

      24, gay Atari Democrat CA-41

      by lordpet8 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 02:57:31 PM PST

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    •  Gerrymandering can't really get much worse (1+ / 0-)

      The GOP has pretty much exhausted the ability to gerrymander to their advantage.  There are limits to how many vote sinks you can make.  

      Any close districts can easily flip with only minor demographic changes.  And the GOP is doing themselves no favor by becoming so extreme.  They easily could shoot themselves in the foot and lose the majority from 2014 onwards, and post 2020 they'll basically be history barring another debacle like 2010.  

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