Memo to Democratic boycotters: Rockford is beautiful this time of year
Three words for the good-government goo goos who blame crooked maps for Democrats’ inability to win elections in Wisconsin: Senate District #10.
A Democrat took that northwestern legislative district in Tuesday’s special election to replace Republican Sheila Harsdorf, who left office after 16 years to become Scott Walker’s ag secretary and a nice bump in pay. A low-profile Democrat defeated a sitting Republican state rep by 11 percentage points. A district that Donald Trump carried by 17 points just over one year ago.
The stunner in the Tenth disproves the Democrats’ whining that the legislative maps drawn after the last Census ensures a Republican majority. Their proposed remedy is a Rube Goldberg formula called the efficiency gap that, roughly speaking, counts “wasted votes” that do not elect a legislator. Either through packing them into one overwhelmingly Democratic district or cracking them among many district in order to create a minority in each. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to render its verdict to their case, Gill v. Whitford, this spring.
The Wall Street Journal today hopes the Justices are paying attention.
Unlike gerrymandering by race, partisanship is neither a defined nor inherited identity. Politics can change on an individual and district-wide level from election to election.
Indeed, Republicans represented the west side of Madison into the 1960s. Unthinkable today.
We’ve said before, in order to rectify the efficiency gap’s “wasted” Democratic votes in, say, the uber-liberal 76th Assembly District on Madison’s isthmus, Gill v. Whitford would spaghettify the district until it reached into Dodge County. A district that would be neither compact nor represent a community of interest. Both — along with contiguity — long the standard for ethical legislative districting. No one “packed” the 76th unless it was Two Men and a Truck.
“Democrats didn’t mind gerrymanders that helped them keep power in the House for 40 years before 1994, but now they want courts to help them overturn maps that help Republicans. “ — “The Wisconsin Gerrymander Lesson”
Shutting down government for illegal immigrants
If the federal government does go on holiday this weekend, Democrats may get the blame. The dominant social network meme detected here at the Stately Manor is that Democrats are choosing illegal immigrants (DACA) over the armed services.
Over 2 million soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen would not be paid until the shutdown ends. Training would be stopped and a hundred thousand national guardsmen sent home.
Even Trump-hater David Leonhardt at the NY Times asks if DACA is the hill on which endangered Democrats like Missouri’s Claire McCaskill want to die.
“I understand why Senate Democrats view a potential government shutdown as their best leverage. But Democrats would also be wise to be honest with themselves about the political downsides here,” Leonhardt advises. In other words, do they really want to push immigration front and center?
Trump’s approval rating has bumped up to 40%, according to poll guru Nate Silver, from 36% in mid-December. On the generic-ballot question, Democrats’ lead is down to eight percentage points from 13 points last month.
Republicans talk about jobs, more take-home pay, employee bonuses, factory expansions, a raging stock market and fatter retirement pensions, and corporations repatriating their money from abroad and paying $38 billion in taxes (as Apple did this week).
Republicans talk about defeating ISIS, curbing Kim Jong un, supporting police, and redrawing one-sided trade agreements.
Democrats talk about Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word.
Today in virtue signaling
Back in Madison, the Derail the Jail crew took a knee during the pledge of allegiance at Thursday night’s Dane County Board meeting. Literally. Despite still more disruption and a steady stream of the Usual Suspects (including a large contingent of UW sociology grad students) the board authorized a $76 million borrowing package to build a more humane, if smaller, county jail. Once again, of 37 members, only Bayrd, Hendrick, Kilmer, and Wegleitner voted against the jail.
Biggest laugh of the night: Socialist Alternative guy Teddy Shibabaw predicted supes who voted for a better jail will be defeated in the Spring election. “We’re going to make sure your political futures are threatened because all your’e going to respond to is a shift in the power dynamic.”
Problem One: Allowing criminals to roam free? Not popular. Problem Two: only five of the 37 seats are contested in the April election.
Mark Pocan will boycott the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30. Pocan joins U.S. Reps. John Lewis, Maxine Waters, and Frederica “All Hat, No Cattle” Wilson in this futile gesture. THAT will show Trump!
Hey Democrats, we hear Rockford is beautiful this time of year.
Hooray for Wisconsin congressman Sean Duffy, who has given his guest ticket to the ‘Deplorable Vet’ who called out Maxine Waters for her boycott.