“the statewide Republican Party has been too successful at winning”
Who’s up for another round of professors say the darndest things?
From the Daily Caller:
Professor: North Carolina Is NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY Because Republicans Win Too Many Elections
A taxpayer-funded political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has concluded that political conditions in North Carolina are comparable to political conditions in totalitarian nations such as Cuba, Venezuela and Iran because Republicans are too politically successful.
The professor, Andrew Reynolds, aired his 936-word grievance last week in The News & Observer, a newspaper out of Raleigh.
North Carolina “can no longer be classified as a full democracy,” Reynolds declares, because the statewide Republican Party has been too successful at winning the state’s winner-take-all elections.
The winner-take-all system — which is excessively common throughout the United States — is a huge problem, Reynolds pontificates, because “one party wins just half the votes but 100 percent of the power.” North Carolina Republicans have won so many elections in recent years that they have “a huge legislative majority” and “absolute veto-proof control.”
The professor blames gerrymandered voting districts in the state for creating “rigged district boundaries” and making state legislators “beholden to their party bosses” and “detached from democratic accountability.”
Reynolds also says North Carolina “can no longer be classified as a full democracy” because of a state transgender bathroom law — commonly called House Bill 2 — which requires people to use public bathrooms aligning with the genitalia with which they were originally born.