Michigan Republicans resort to rigging presidential elections knowing it’s their only hope of winning

Who wants to belong to a political party that can’t win fairly?

Michigan Republicans’ intend to change the rules to assign our state’s presidential electoral votes by Congressional District. While this may seem sort of innocuous, once you realize how severely they have gerrymandered our state, the implications of this begins to sink in. Here’s the reality:

  • More Michiganders voted for Democrats statewide than for Republicans
  • President Obama would have gotten less electoral votes than Mitt Romney in the 2012 election

I will be writing more about this topic but I wanted to draw your attention to some of the smartest writing and smartest advice on this topic that I have seen yet. It comes from MMColo at Daily Kos. Their article is titled “Republicans Plan to Steal the Presidency (And might not be able to ) and How Democrats Can Stop Them”.

Here’s an excerpt from their “advice” section:

This should provide some suggestions for the Democrats over the next 8 years.

  1. In the close Congressional Districts in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginai and Washington, you should be going balls to the wall to party build. This includes recruiting good Congressional candidates and spending whatever it takes to have them win in 2014. You can rest assured that the Republicans will be doing likewise.
  2. You need to concentrate on gubernatorial elections in these six states between now and 2022. You must win them all. Again, lots of money, good candidates, good work by elected candidates. You can’t afford to fuck up.
  3. You need to work on the legislatures in each of these six states and other states which might be in play for the next census (like Colorado, Nevada, NH and maybe places like AZ). The reality is even if you have the governors of these states, the most you can hope for is a “fair” redistricting. You will need to get the legislature and governor back in all of these states to reverse this horrible legislation. You might pick up a few seats in redistricting with a “fair” plan, but a plan gerrymandered the Democratic way in all six of these states would probably result in a minimum of 20 seats in the US House and 20 electoral votes and will put Democrats well on their way to being a long-term majority party. This means, yes, you need to play in state legislative races in these six states and other states where at some point in the near future the Republicans might have a chance for the trifects. This means party building in a lot of places, and not just for two years. This needs to be a twenty year plan, just like the Republicans was.

I received an email this week from someone asking me what we can do about this egregious plan to distribute electoral votes by Congressional District. The answer to that question is contained in the blockquote above. Frankly, they probably will do this unless enough shame can be heaped upon them for conceding that they can no longer win elections unless they game the system. But what is done can be undone and the people of Michigan are not going to stand for this tinkering with our elections. The House Speaker, Jase Bolger, is already well-known for engaging in election fraud to win elections so this nothing to a corrupt legislator like him. National Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Preibus is on board, too.

We have work to do in Michigan, kids. Are you up for the task?

  • BillW

    I’m in!

    But you still don’t get the Republicans: They are fighting to save Western Civilization from the “coloreds” and “queers.” (Apologies for the language, but someone has to state it clearly.) They really believe this s*** too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.beauchemin.1 Derek Beauchemin

    I’ve often wondered about Reince Priebus’ moniker… until it was pointed out to me that if you drop the vowels you are left with RNC PR BS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.beauchemin.1 Derek Beauchemin

    At some point, the Democrat Party better start pushing back unless the media (besides MSNBC) steps up and calls the GOP out on their REDMAP scheme. Presently only Maine and New Hampshire award Electoral votes by district with two votes going to the winner of the popular vote. Personally, I think abandoning the Electoral College is a long time coming. But that will take a Constitutional Amendment and good luck with that given the current political divide.

    • Michiganmitch

      Please say Democratic Party, not Democrat. Repubs use DemocRAT party as an idiotic, childish slur.

      • http://www.facebook.com/derek.beauchemin.1 Derek Beauchemin

        Sorry for the typo. As to Republican slurs, I am a Democrat and pay them no mind.

    • jziglar

      A lot of people are talking about including major news organizations and people from across the spectrum. So far the reaction has been really negative and there are republicans coming out against it. The DNC is working with the state parties to prevent this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/scott.urbanowski Scott Urbanowski

    They paid a heavy price for the Bolger/Schmdt scheme – and if they dare try this, I intend to make them pay a heavy price again!

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Do you really feel like they paid a heavy price? Seems like they got away Scott free, to me. They even kept their seats and Bolger is still Speaker.

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