Democrats currently represent -- I'm speaking to Representation in Congress -- over 75% of the American People.
Now I'm not saying Democrats control 75% of the Government, not at all. I'm saying that if you break down population by state...considering how many more people live in a state like California and New York than probably half-a-dozen Midwestern States combined (too lazy to look up exact numbers, welcome correction by anyone who does)...if you put numbers over a map of votes in the 2012 elections, a majority of 262.5 Million of the better than 350 Million Americans in the United States *CHOSE* *A* *DEMOCRAT* to represent them.
Think about that.
Never before in our history has a single Party had such broad support from such a large segment of the population.
Of course, the United States is split into districts to ensure no mass -- no matter how large -- of people can wield such control. And, BTW, that's a *good* thing and once again shows the wisdom of the Founder's in their ultimate belief of what this country would become.
Because of our system of proportional Representation and the fact that around 80% of those 350+ Million Americans live with a couple hundred miles of the East and West Coasts, Republicans can have power with so little support nationwide.
But it should also make it crystal clear to any right-winger currently reading why Democrats can so obviously give so little of a s$%t about anything that a Republican says or does.
They can read the map same as me and if I were in their shoes, I'd probably see myself as on the side of angels and Republicans as a bunch of free-loading interlopers riding on a legal technicality.
I think it's also *VERY* evident people like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell (not to mention civilian Republican leaders like Rance Pribus) have very, very little self-confidence because they know just how shaky their position is.
Republicans might very well hold the House. I (nor they) think it's as locked up as they want to tell themselves...but the odds are in their favor if by how ever small a margin.
Republicans don't have a chance in hell of taking the Senate and everyone knows it.
Republicans also don't have a chance in hell of taking the White House in 2016 and everyone knows that too.
Republicans probably have enough left over from their 2010 high-water mark (which was more a slightly overfilled pond considering barely 25% of voters even went to the polls November 2010), but it will *not* last forever.
It certainly won't last until 2020...speaking to the next census and the next time districts are redrawn.
I'm sorry to say, but my predictions aren't really predictions at all. This isn't the first time we've seen this movie. The exact same thing that's happening right now happened after World War II.
Republicans controlled the Federal Government from 1948 into the late 1950s...and they did the exact same thing they are doing right now...mainly pissed it all away with political score settling and allowing right-wing radical ideology (instead of their *brains* I mean) to control everything they did.