During the past few months we have slowly been working our way to writing several “painful discussion” articles focused on the census data which have been released today. Just about everyone wants to avoid the implications of what the census data tell us.
Chief liar or fool, take your pick, Robert Gibbs:
“President Barack Obama’s spokesman says he doesn’t expect the results of the new census to have a “huge practical impact” on national politics.”
Gibbs is either a liar or a fool because the census, a count of the population taken every decade, will not only describe the demographic face of the United States it will also be used to reapportion seats to the House of Representatives. But it is more than that.
The census will determine the practical day-to-day tactics and long-term strategies of political parties, political organizations, Big Media and just about every business that hopes to succeed or at least survive.Hillary Is 44 makes a lot of good points and may return to it tomorrow. But I was hoping they would tackle the electoral college issue. Each state gets the same amount of electoral votes for president as they have members in the House of Representatives.
Let's take the big winner in the census: Texas.
Texas will be getting four additional seats in the House. I heard discussions on the radio about how this means something because they're getting 4 more House members and it doesn't mean anything because the speaker just knew 2 would be Democrats and 2 would be Republicans and they would cancel one another out.
Excuse me, Texas just got four more votes for president.
It's a winner take all in most states including Texas.
You can click here (National Archives) for the numbers I'm using.
So 38 is how many votes Texas will give. And Texas hasn't gone to a Democrat in the presidential election since 1976 (Jimmy Carter).
Barack lost it to John McCain and most likely would lose in 2012 if he ran.
That's 38 votes he's missing. And since the shift was to states where Barack lost, it's not good for him. Which is probably good for the country because, even with the worst Republican in the White House, we all get taught a lesson.
A painful one, to be sure. But you can't cheat.
You can't steal the nomination and expect good to follow. So now Barack pays for what he did in 2008.
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