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While Boehner squawks about a House mandate for his proven-to-be-devastating policies, the people, in contrast, speaking thru the elections, provided a mandate for Obama and his vision for America.  Face it Boehner, Obama trounced Romney.  And in the Senate, when the Democrats had much more at risk than the Republicans, the Tea Party and compatriots were stomped.  Even on nationwide House totals, Democrats out-polled Republicans, where Republicans were able to maintain their majority only thru gerrymandering the voting districts.

But Boehner, did you know that the Democrats achieved the same trifecta in your home state of Ohio?  Obama won (51.5% to 48.5%, ignoring all but D and R votes).  Sherrod Brown won (53.1% to 46.9%).  BUT EVEN IN THE HOUSE ELECTIONS IN OHIO, MORE VOTES WERE CAST FOR DEMOCRATS THAN FOR REPUBLICANS.  Democrats received 2,440,895 votes, while Republicans received 2,398,364 votes.  So despite winning 12 of 16 seats, the Republicans actually lost the popular vote in the Ohio House races.

Maybe, Speaker Boehner, you should follow the mandate of the people in your home state, and stop being such an obstructionist to the progress that the people of your home state have chosen.

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  •  Ah, gerrymandering. (6+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, denig, Woody, trumpeter, akze29, Ahianne

    And the Republicans in the State House act like they've got a mandate.

    'Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.' -John Steinbeck

    by Eddie L on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:05:03 AM PST

  •  They lose popular vote and get 80% of the seats?? (8+ / 0-)

    How in the world can that be possible and legal?  Unbelievable.

    •  It happened in the federal elections as well. (6+ / 0-)
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      econlibVA, denig, Woody, trumpeter, Lawrence, kurt

      Democrats got a majority of the popular vote in the House, but Republicans still have a majority of seats. When the Republicans won big in 2010 they got control of many state legislatures, which means that they got to decide the boundaries for Congressional districts.

      'Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.' -John Steinbeck

      by Eddie L on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:28:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  popular vote disparity demands more attention (5+ / 0-)
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    Woody, a2nite, Lawrence, Ahianne, deepeco

    State-by-state and nationally, I really wish this were a bigger story.  That the GOP held the house is relatively common knowledge.  That they did so despite badly losing the overall popular vote is not (and many just don't get what "gerrymandering" is, or care).

    Strategies to push the story?  Worth bothering?

    I know it sounds like I'm in denial but I'm not.

    by Save the clock tower on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:36:16 AM PST

  •  That gerrymander could potentially blow up in 2014 (1+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne

    From what I understand, Kasich is miserably unpopular.

    Romney-Ryan: America's Rollback Team

    by Christian Dem in NC on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 01:51:58 PM PST

  •  Then Husted Also Repressed the Vote in Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence

    Republicans hate democracy.

    "Here comes the landslide" Dick Morris

    by wild hair on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:41:49 PM PST

  •  This kind of level of gerrymandering needs to (1+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne

    be illegal:

    Democrats received 2,440,895 votes, while Republicans received 2,398,364 votes.  So despite winning 12 of 16 seats, the Republicans actually lost the popular vote in the Ohio House races.
    Losing the popular vote yet then gaining 3/4s of the seats is  level of distortion and cheating that s usually only seen in dictatorships that pretend to be democracies.

    I find at absolutely appalling that the media isn't on this 24/7.

    I also think that there should be more written about it here on DailyKos.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:21:38 PM PST

  •  Ohio, Penn., Mich. Initiatives (0+ / 0-)

    One way to remedy the gerrmandering travesty that kept  a GOP House  in place despite Democratic votes, would be for Democrats and their progressive base to push for what occurred in Calif. in Ohio, Penn., and Michigan. Put on the ballot and promote big time initiatives that call for a bipartisan or impartial group of judges to reapportion the state in a fair manner, and not distort democracy. This can be easily pushed as true reform, not gerrymandering for the top 1%/special interests. And should these initiatives pass, the redistricting doesn't have to wait for another 10 years. DeLay was allowed by SCOTUS to remap Texas in between that time. Let's think about doing this, and we might be on our way to getting back the 17 seats we need in the House. Of course, from now on, Dems have to vote in droves at the polls during off year elections and not suddenly disappear as they did in 2010. For more news on the crazy doings of the Grand Obstructionist Party, read  this

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