Yes, readers, that’s what passes for wisdom among House Republicans.
Today’s New York Times‘ number one most-emailed article, House of Unrepresentatives, is putting a laser focus on just how out of touch the House has become thanks to gerrymandering.
Just for starters, as readers of this blog know well, 1.4 million more voters cast their ballots for Democratic House candidates in 2014 than for Republican candidates. Women make up 51 percent of our population, but just 8% of House Republicans are women. (Thirty percent of House Democrats are women — not good, but better.) Ninety-six percent of House Republicans are white, versus 63% of the nation’s population.
Incidentally, the House Republican who believes that “When the caribou want to go on a date, they invite each other over to the pipeline,” is Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas. Wildlife preservation is perhaps not the strongest argument in support of pipelines, but there is a certain humor in Gohmert’s use of it. Not so with respect to the contention by Rep. Frank Lucas, Republican of Oklahoma, that the federal government is buying up all the nation’s ammunition to keep it out of the hands of law-abiding gun owners.
House Republicans are dominating our country’s politics at the moment, even though their party is highly unrepresentative. Here in New York’s 23rd, we’ll have a chance to help return the House to normalcy in November 2014.