Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Why To Support the CA Initiatives

Because Andrew Sullivan says so:
Michael Barone finds some new polling momentum behind Arnold's important initiatives attempting to break the back of Democratic Party special interests and gerrymandering in California. I'm with Arnold on this, even if he has capitulated on equality for gay couples.
While your at it, check out Hacker and Pierson's discussion on the power of incumbancy. Complaining about Gerrymandering is a convenient way to overlook the obvious: Incumbents can raise boatloads of cash and have a name recognition advantage. The results of the '04 AD21 assembly race is evidence against many of the gerrymandering arguments.

Additionally, I can point you to several congressional races where the incumbent congress person won while the presidential candidate for the other party won. In particular, Heather Wilson (NM-1) won with about 55% of the vote in her district, while Kerry took 55%. Down south in NM-2, Steve Pearce received abut 70% of the vote while Bush didn't get 60%. Gerrymandering schmerrymandering. The power of incumbency seems to play a larger role to me. If you want to truly make races competetive, let's do something about campaign financing.


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At October 19, 2005 1:48 PM, Blogger DemocracyMarket said...

Uh, we did do something, it was called McCain-Feingold. Gerrymandering and incumbency work hand in hand. If incumbency gives inherent reelection advantages (and I agree it does) -- that is all the more reason to end gerrymandering. Add a tendency to reelect incumbents to redistricting that eliminates challenges from the other party -- and what do you get? 153 seats in CA staying with the same party.

Follow your reasoning through to the logical conclusion.



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