more election stuff

One of the reasons I’m feeling the way I am about yesterday’s election is that the electorate are finally taking their legislators to task for their performance: Exit polls: Bush, Iraq key to outcome. Yes it’s been a while coming but it has finally happened.

A thing to note about the magnitude of the change in hands in Congress – the congressional district borders are generally updated every 10 years to reflect changing populations. One of the reasons incumbents are so rarely unseated is that the ruling party has major sway in setting these borders, so you see some very strangely shaped districts, reflecting established voter types. For example urban, generally liberal voters will be kept away from diluting suburban more conservative voters. The fact that the Dems overturned over 28 seats (needing 15 to take a house majority) indicates that the change in political feeling is very much across the board.

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