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Dems seek party salvation in redistricting and loosening voting laws

Dems seek party salvation in redistricting and loosening voting laws

Will they ever address the real problem at hand?

Oh, Democrats. Why can’t you look in the mirror and just admit your problem? The Democrats suffered a massive blow when President Donald Trump crushed Hillary Clinton in the presidential Electoral College race. But Democrats also suffered in Congress and at the state level.

To fix that, the party wants to fight over the next round of redistricting and loosen the voting laws.

Guess who will guide the push?

Former President Barack Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder!

Obama and Holder are in charge of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC). This committee wants “to withdraw the congressional district maps that currently tilt in favor of Republicans.” From Politico:

The NDRC aims to tackle a central problem for Democrats: They complain about the need for redistricting reform all the time and have dozens of aligned interest groups pushing their own efforts, but none has gone far — and that’s left the party on the ropes every cycle. Lower Democratic turnout in midterm years has enabled Republicans to win governors’ races and statehouse races that consolidate power in state capitals and Washington by being the ones to draw the maps that everyone needs to run on.

They argue that Democrats have been losing races in large part because they’ve let Republicans tilt the field. The result: The ranks of up-and-coming Democrats have been thinned, and there are fewer and more difficult races for the ones who are left to run on.

But Holder and Obama are not the only ones. Priorities USA, a super PAC that donated more than $190 million to Clinton, decided to change its outlook and call itself the “nation’s largest funder of voting rights lawsuits.” This group will put lobbyists at the Hill to persuade “lawmakers to vote against certain bills and funding litigation to challenge laws already on the books.”

Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil promised his group “will wage as many battles as the resources allow us to wage on this front.”

Cecil thinks that having someone provide identification makes it hard to vote.

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) has developed the Let America Vote nonprofit group. Kander barely lost out on a Senate seat in 2016 obviously due to horrible Republican districting. So his group will “‘expose the true motivations’ behind the Republican push for stricter voting laws.” From The Hill:

“When your democracy is being undermined by the president of the United States, we have to fight that on all fronts,” Kander told The Hill. “It’s all part of a larger discussion that exposes the fact that the Republican strategy here is not trying to persuade people their ideas are best; it’s about picking and choosing who actually gets to vote.”

 

Kander and Cecil will work together since each one also works with the other group. Kander remains on the Priorities USA board and Cecil works “on the advisory board” of Let America Vote.

The Democrats do have a few smart people within the party who understand why their candidates lost. New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley, a candidate for the DNC chair, told his party to “grow up” last weekend at a forum in Baltimore. He reminded them that the Democrats did not concentrate on the issues that actually concern regular Americans:

Buckley said the Democrats ‘did not offer a positive message to anyone I … am related to.’

‘We did not offer a message to my neighbors, we did not offer a message to the people in Indiana or Ohio or Pennsylvania or Kentucky,’ he added, pointing to the states nominee Hillary Clinton lost throughout the Rust Belt.

What the Democrats did do, Buckley stated, is say ‘how offensive.’

‘Grow up,’ he shouted.

‘That is not reality for most of America,’ he said.

Fact is, the majority of Americans care about the economy and jobs. Gay marriage, abortion, letting a transgender person use another bathroom just do not register on most American’s lists of concerns.

Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) said on Meet The Press that the party has lost a “key part of their base” because the leaders insist on focusing on “identity politics.” Trump won because he spoke to those ignored. Even Obama made remarks about Clinton ignoring key demographics in states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Webb continued:

“You’ve lost white working people. You’ve lost flyover land, and you saw in this election what happens when people get frustrated enough that they say, ‘I’m not going to take this,’” he said.

“There is an aristocracy now that pervades American politics. It’s got to be broken somehow in both parties, and I think that’s what the Trump message was that echoed so strongly in these flyover communities.”

Someone needs to tell the Democrats that no amount of redistricting will work if they keep playing the identity politics game.

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One of the insights gained from Water Closet and the Nigerian Phishing Expedition is that Democrats, or at least the left-wing leaders and activists, are rabid [class] diversitists (i.e. racists, sexists). After forcing the refugee crises from Benghazi to Syria to Ukraine (almost), they have returned to their life’s passion: demographic redistricting (e.g. disenfranchising Americans) for capital and control.

Eric Holder still has a contempt-of-congress charge to answer for… arrest him.

If I remember correctly, the census does not & cannot actually contact every person who is an US Citizen – there is some modeling done. And we all know about the accuracy of modeling (see climate change debate).

President Trump needs to make sure that the Census Bureau is cleaned up and “neutral”. We are aware of the issue about voting irregularities, so is the next census in 2020 going to be skewed even further towards blue states? It impacts the number of representatives in Congress and electoral college votes.

A lot of Dimocrats are wanting to redistrict California into a totally different country.

That would help….the Republicans.

OK… White people have had their say for way too long. Next time around let’s let Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams just choose the President.

“Kander barely lost out on a Senate seat in 2016 obviously due to horrible Republican districting.”

Do I even need to point out why that statement is so mind-boggingly idiotic?

I always love the implicit argument from the dems that certain minority groups are either too poor or too stupid to go acquire a valid photo id or otherwise abide by the rules.

Similar to the claim that the republicans only do well due to gerrymandering, seems odd that a party could only get ahead by doing something which they would need to be in power to be able to do.

Good luck to them, still not knowing how/why they lost… and this from a long time #NeverTrump.

    Liz in reply to dahat. | February 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I saw a video that the interviewer asked whites about people being able to get id to vote – of course, the young people talked the liberal line. When the guy went to Harlem and asked blacks, they all showed ID, knew where to get IDs and were amazed that anyone thought that they were unable to complete the task.

    The Ds know that they made a mistake about not being at the local level. After 2010 when a bunch of “Tea Party” candidates lost at the Congressional level, people went back to the local level and started running first at the city, then state offices and then Congressional level. After being in the House, then they can go to the Senate. It’s about name recognition – Rs use good people to move through the layers. Ds tend to move people with similar names – they rely on the voters being stupid.

    OldProf2 in reply to dahat. | February 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    You have to have a photo ID to buy beer, go into a bar, open a bank account, travel anywhere, apply for Welfare, cash a check, get a cell phone, or get a job. Saying that there are many adult citizens without photo ID is false news.

“Someone needs to tell the Democrats that no amount of redistricting will work if they keep playing the identity politics game.”

No, I don’t think anyone needs to explain that.

Don’t underestimate Democrat skulduggery where redistricting is concerned. They did pretty well with the supposedly neutral California redistricting process.

Russia wants to extradict Soros.
I say Soros for Snowden, then watch the swamp drain.

“Guess who will guide the push? Former President (joyous words!) Barack Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder!”

This actually good: besides being gun salesmen of the century, these two clowns are also the conservative vote salesmen of the century.

pablo panadero | February 16, 2017 at 7:39 am

An illegal immigrant woman was convicted this week of voting fraud and sentenced to 10 years. I suggest that Pence’s voter fraud group offers her and othe convictees 6 months off their sentance for identifying new cases, subsequent to conviction of the new cases. This will produce a snowball effect that would cleanse the voting rolls.

Zachriel, who cares what she was registered as, she had no legal right to vote. Period. EVERY illegal vote disenfranchises a legal voter.

gerrymandering is why California is a one party slave state. The people are slaves to the state.

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