Congress

Susan Collins Gonna Protect Voting Rights Just Like She Protected Roe V. Wade

As a challenge, we'll try writing this piece without saying she's 'deeply concerned' every other paragraph.

Kids, you may be understandably worried about the fate of American democracy on this anniversary of the kinetic portion of the Republican attempt to overthrow the Republic. But not to worry! Even though the GOP is dead-set against passing any sort of real election reform that would prevent states from voter suppression, gerrymandering, or outright rejecting the actual outcome of the vote, you'll be delighted to know that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) held a conference call Wednesday evening with several other Senate "moderates" to discuss how the two parties might come together and protect voting rights, according to nonprofit news outlet The 19th. You know, in a very limited and moderate bipartisan sort of way that doesn't rock the boat or accomplish much, probably.

Gosh, we're so cynical! The story only reports who took part in the call, according to multiple sources, while not giving any details because the sources said they weren't authorized to discuss that. Maybe this will be the first step on a bipartisan road to vigorous protections of all Americans' voting rights, and here we are just badmouthing it. We will feel so bad if that happens, and we'll be sure to apologize for our very corrosive skepticism, for sure. Nothing would please us more than eating our words because Senate moderates did something wonderful for democracy. For now, we'll stick with these croissants, which are surprisingly good for a supermarket bakery.

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2022 congressional elections

2022 Gerrymandering Threat: Democracy Not Even Mostly Dead!

Nobody had 'good news' in the office betting pool!

Some good news for Democrats hoping to hold on to the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms: The much-feared threat that Republican-run states would gerrymander their way to an easy takeover of the House doesn't seem to have materialized, at least not according to an analysis out this week from the Cook Political Report.

Cook's redistricting dude David Wasserman writes that, in something of a surprise, the two-thirds of states that have completed redistricting or have maps waiting to be certified actually have a slightly higher number of congressional districts that are favorable to Democrats than the previous decade's maps, at least based on voting data from the 2020 election. (Those 34 states include the six that only have one congressional seat.) Here's Wasserman's breakdown:

[In] the completed states, Biden would have carried 161 of 293 districts over Donald Trump in 2020, an uptick from 157 of 292 districts in those states under the current lines (nationwide, Biden carried 224 of 435 seats). And if Democrats were to aggressively gerrymander New York or courts strike down GOP-drawn maps in North Carolina and/or Ohio, the outlook would get even better for Democrats.

However, the partisan distribution of seats before/after redistricting is only one way to gauge the process. Because Democrats currently possess the lion's share of marginal seats, estimating the practical effect of new lines in 2022 still points towards a wash or a slight GOP gain.

That's still a lot better than the easy takeover of Congress by gerrymandering that Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) bragged about in June when he said, "We have redistricting coming up and the Republicans control most of that process in most of the states around the country. That alone should get us the majority back."

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Congress

Chuck Schumer: Nice Filibuster You Got There. Shame If Something Were To Happen To It.

DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

"The Senate was designed to protect the political rights of the minority in the chamber, through the promise of debate and the opportunity to amend. But over the years, those rights have been warped and contorted to obstruct and embarrass the will of majority – something our Founders explicitly opposed."

Thus spake Chuck Schumer in a Dear Colleague letter sent this morning. The Senate majority leader is putting down a marker on voting rights legislation, threatening to amend the filibuster if Republicans continue to block any bill ensuring ballot access as gerrymandered state legislatures throw up obstacles to voting, or even laying the groundwork to reject results outright.

Schumer invokes the one-year anniversary of the day when hundreds of goons "fueled by conspiracy and the ravings of a vengeful former President" descended on the Capitol "in a naked attempt to derail our Republic’s most sacred tradition: the peaceful transfer of power."

"Our democracy held – for now," he adds, although the jury's still out on that one, TBQH.

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Class War

Joe Manchin Killed BBB And All He Got Were These Super-Sweet Sexts From Lindsey Graham And Dan Crenshaw!

Your Manchin fallout rundown.

Joe Manchin is a liar, an asshole and a self-serving fuckbonnet. A mere search of the various ways we've said so before will illustrate this point, culminating in his appearance on Fox News Sunday, where he single-handedly killed the Build Back Better plan.



Manchin is a coward whose word means nothing. As reported by the Washington Post and POLITICO, less than 30 minutes before he appeared on Fox News, Manchin sent an aide to tell the White House and Democratic congressional leadership of his intentions — then refused to take phone calls from the White House as they scrambled to head him off before he wrecked the agenda President Joe Biden campaigned on.

The reactions were as varied as Manchin's public statements while he ran out the clock for months only to destroy "Build Back Better." The worst people praised Manchin for helping them defeat President Biden now while handing them a great weapon against Dems — a party he technically belongs to — in the 2022 midterm elections.

Sen. Ben Sasse:

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