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GOP not quite dead

Posted: May 6, 2014 8:47 a.m.
Updated: May 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

If you depended on the national media for all your information, you’d get the idea that it’s going to be clear sailing for Democrats in years to come; most metro papers and network news operations purport to be unbiased but in reality are shills for the national Democratic Party. And it’s true that the GOP hasn’t done well in recent presidential elections, and changing demographics in the country are producing more voters who traditionally fall into the Democrats’ constituency.

But the Republican Party, which already controls 29 governorships and has full legislative control in 26 states, is poised to make even more gains across the country, political experts report in The Wall Street Journal. So ironically, Washington is controlled by President Obama and a thin Senate margin, while many states are decidedly Republican and headed even more in that direction. Control of five more state senates would go to the GOP with a swing of only three seats.

Part of that is because of redistricting, which is usually done by the party in control and always results in even more favorable circumstances for that party. And, of course, we all know what happens when parties -- either of them -- gerrymander, creating ultra-safe districts for many while ceding smaller number of districts to opponents. It’s hardly what our forefathers envisioned.

That being said, the Republican Party isn’t quite dead in Washington. President Obama’s approval numbers are woeful, and more people say they’re leaning Republican in the November election than Democratic. For 2016, the GOP really needs a strong candidate to take the White House; so far, that person hasn’t stepped up. Government usually works best when all the power isn’t vested in one party but rather is split; we’ll have to wait and see whether that happens in November.

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