Yeah, what gives?
Courtesy of The Guardian:
The 2018 midterm elections brought significant gains for Democrats, who retook the House of Representatives and snatched several governorships from the grip of Republicans.
But some were left questioning why Democrats suffered a series of setbacks that prevented the party from picking up even more seats and, perhaps most consequentially, left the US Senate in Republican hands.
Among the most eye-catching was a statistic showing Democrats led Republicans by more than 12 million votes in Senate races, and yet still suffered losses on the night and failed to win a majority of seats in the chamber.
Constitutional experts said the discrepancy between votes cast and seats won was the result of misplaced ire that ignored the Senate electoral process.
Because each state gets two senators, irrespective of population, states such as Wyoming have as many seats as California, despite the latter having more than 60 times the population. The smaller states also tend to be the more rural, and rural areas traditionally favor Republicans.
This year, because Democrats were defending more seats, including California, they received more overall votes for the Senate than Republicans, but that does not translate to more seats.
However, some expressed frustration with a system they suggest gives an advantage to conservative-leaning states.
The real concerns for Democrats, they said, could be found in a combination of gerrymandering and voter suppression tactics that might have prevented them from winning an even larger majority in the House and some key statewide elections.
“The rise of minority rule in America is now unmistakable,” said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University.
If you are a Democrat this had to have pissed you off, I know it did me.
There are a lot of people who are saying that it is simply undemocratic to keep this outdated system in place, but in this current political climate do any of us think an actual amendment would get passed?
I think right now we need to take our frustrations and focus them on things that we might be able to change such as to pass anti-gerrymandering legislation that would allow non-partisan third parties to draw up voting districts and finally make this a fair fight.
Once that happens it will not take long for the Dems to dominate and then perhaps we can start thinking about some possible changes to certain amendments.
Remember Barack Obama said that we could not expect much change after only one election, but by Zeus, we should be able to hold fair elections that move us toward a better future and not constantly see our hard-fought progress dismantled every time the Republicans take office.