“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.
True ‘dat. But where do you think this gerrymandering came from? It “fell out of the design” of drawing up favorable gerrymanders for blacks to win Congressional seats. As it turned out, with blacks safely ghettoized in black gerrymanders, life became a whole lot easier for Republicans running for Congress, if the gerrymanders delicately split white liberals and Democrats. This is why in 2012, in states like Florida and Ohio, the Democrats won them in Presidential and Senatorial terms, but Republicans won them in Congressional terms (12/16 in OH, 17/27 in FL), even though generically, Democrats got more votes than Republicans for House candidates in both states. We do know for a fact that Republicans won 233 (+/-) of 435 House seats nationally in spite of the generic House results slightly favoring Democrats.
But it seems like a lot of what black politicians want wind up boomeranging to bite them in their asses. They wanted gun control, (“because of gun violence in black communities”), then bitched when enforcing it (esp. felon-in-possession) sent blacks to prison. They wanted the vast disparity in sentencing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, (“because of the negative effects that crack is having in black communities”), then they bitched and moaned when they realized it meant black crack dealers getting long bids in Federal prison — It took a piece of legislation that Obama recently signed to roll back the crack-powder disparity somewhat. And now they’re bitching about gerrymandering.
Obama also said he can get 50 percent of public support for many of his upcoming initiatives, but “I can’t get enough votes out of the House of Representatives to actually get something passed. … I think there is still shock on the part of some in the party that I won re-election.”
None of you swore allegiance to public policy polls when you took your oaths of office, you swore allegiance to the Constitution, which was not itself on the ballot in November.
The president said he has a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that date back for generations.
Funny, I don’t find “hunting” in the Constitution at all. And I personally think that it’s bad PR in bringing up killing innocent animals as Second Amendment apologetics. PETA’s ears must be bleeding right now.
He said that moving forward on the topic means understanding that the realities of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas.
So are the realities of racial demographics.
Obama also said one of the biggest factors in the gun-control debate will be how it is shaped by the media.
So far, they’ve got his back. Except he’s not talking about “that” media:
“If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it,” he said. “I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.”
If only Rush Limbaugh weren’t in the way, he’d have almost everything he wanted from a man who reminds him of a typical go-along-to-get-along suburban Chicagoland country club checkered-pants RINO.