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Islands of blue in a sea of red...

Ladies and gentleman… This is a map of Democrats winning an election.

ONLY a presidential election, one in which we out voted the Republicans by roughly 9 1/2 million votes. However, if you're trying to have Democratic control of Congress with a map that looks like this, you're pretty much fucked.

This tells us two things… There's more of us than there are of them and we're all bunched up together in tightly constructed clusters, while they're all spread out like a motherfucker.

This shouldn't be any new to any of us. It's pretty obvious what the problems are and what the solutions are.

- Gerrymandering: While Republicans control state houses, where going to have gerrymandering. However, redistricting only happens after a ten year period, i.e., post census.

I suggest that Democrats and liberals start moving into the red areas of the country. I'm not suggesting that people move en masse into Idaho. Fuck that noise. However, by these blue area, there are fringes of red which may be almost indistinguishable to the blue areas right next to them.

I live in such an area myself. When I moved back into a new place a couple of years ago, I could have easily moved out of the 10th Congressional District with a Republican congress critter, into the 9th which is safely Democratic. But I decided to stay here. It takes me less that 10 minutes to walk from one district to the next, so culturally, socially and just about every single measure, there really is no difference between the two where I am.

I live in a relatively diverse area; people here vote locally for Democrats, there are union supporters here and just about everyone hates Republicans. But due to the structure of this district, the vast majority of voters are just north of here and are comprised of mostly white, Republican voting ignoramuses.

I can't see any other way to solve this problem than to take what they have away from them, their overwhelming majority in the widest areas of the country.

Yes, I know that I'm suggesting a lot. But, just a slight demographic shift could mean a lot until the next round of reapportionment. If we're going to get back control of Congress, a shitload of us are just going to have to move out of our comfort zones and physically invade Red America.

Either we do this, or we concede most of the land mass to those assholes.

Shit like this happens in a country full of ungrateful bastards.

Two more years of gridlock

So be it.

I'm not going to watch any TV until later

I'm about to go grocery shopping, have a Subway sammich, stop by the drug store.

When I get home, then I'll aggravate myself about the election today (if need be.)

Until then, reality abides.

Two votes for Democrats in Michigan!


Yertle gets some love

If you don't vote, you'll make this puppy sad...

Don't make the puppy sad, if you haven't already, get out there and vote today.

You won't be sorry.

Truer words have never been spoken...

Spread the word, not the fear...

Loca, The Singing Dog That Couldn't Run

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