Perhaps it doesn't appear to be "fraud" to you, Mr. 49%. But the fact is, the 51% are finally out to take away some of your goodies -- stuff you've believe for years belonged to you. So you can stop cultivating those handsome grey hairs and talking like some kind of indulgent grandpa. Get off the trolley now. You can expect to be replaced.
This season’s forecasting for the midterm elections is largely occupied with the partisan balance of the Senate. ... The uncertainty hinges on about ten races that are too close to call, despite the finely calibrated statistical divination of experts. There is, however, one outcome that requires no sophisticated simulations to predict: the Senate will not look like the country. There are currently eighty male senators. Women, who make up fifty-one per cent of the population, hold just twenty per cent of Senate seats. The Senate, notoriously, is not proportional in its representation, but the highest number of seats that women can hope to hold next year will still be fewer than thirty. Currently, three states have two female senators, but thirty-three states are represented by two men. ...JelaniCobb,NYer
Now that you know all that, know this: It's the Republican party that, apparently quite deliberately, courts and clings to white male politicians -- which also explains (I mean this very seriously) why we are stuck, these days, in a muddy rut of hyperpartisan politics. The party run by and largely populated by men will tend to be the most contentious.
At the same time, redistricting has created increasingly safe districts that are also increasingly polarized by race. Eighty-nine per cent of House Republicans are white men; only forty-seven per cent of House Democrats are. The creation of a comparatively small number of majority-minority districts has simultaneously created many more districts that are far whiter than the country is as a whole. As David Wasserman, of FiveThirtyEight, has pointed out, the average Republican House district is now three-quarters white. There are no black Republicans in the House. ...JelaniCobb,NYer
This snapshot of our representation here in America is not a photo I'd want to see on the front pages of papers around the world. It makes the whole country look like a sandbox someone pooped in. Guess which party wears the dirty pants.