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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Ian Millhiser writes about America's 50-50 split Senate. Despite the number of Senators being evenly split, the Democrats in the Senate have more then 41 million more constituents then their Republican colleagues.

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I did the calculations years ago and I think Rhode Island is represented 400 times more than Texas in the Senate.

If Republicans think that not messed up they're nuts.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2021-01-21 05:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

DC and Puerto Rico, come on down!

#2 | Posted by bored at 2021-01-21 05:59 PM | Reply

I've known this for years. Why should Wyoming get the same about of representation in the Senate as CA? Why should a presidential vote in WY be worth five times a presidential vote in CA in our anti-democratic EC? This is absolutely ludicrous. If we can't get rid of the EC, then we need DC and PR statehood and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act NOW!

#3 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-01-21 06:14 PM | Reply

If Republicans think that not messed up they're nuts.
#1 | POSTED BY TOR

It's worse than that.
Republicans think it's supposed to be that way, to protect the interest of the Little Guy.
Somehow, in their mind, protecting the interest of Smaller States (by population) confers protection unto the Little Guy... even the ones living in Big States.

I don't know how to explain to them that that's not how it works.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-21 06:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Republicans think it's supposed to be that way, to protect the interest of the Little Guy."

The difference in representation alone is more than 10 times the population of the United States in 1787. I wonder, if we could ask them, would they still agree that the logic underpinning that principle then should continue to hold now.

Or would they be shocked that we've never had another constitutional convention in 234 years?

#5 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2021-01-21 06:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is ridiculable.

#6 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 04:49 AM | Reply

Q: How old is Mitch McConnell?

A: Not old enough!

can't wait for that man to go...

#7 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-01-22 05:21 AM | Reply

Of course to Senate Rebumblicans this is more than fair. It's in the Constitution!!!11

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 05:23 AM | Reply

*than

#9 | Posted by hamburglar at 2021-01-22 05:34 AM | Reply

Problem is, we can understand the problem but because of our Constitution we don't have any way of changing it. Too many small states love their power and are unwilling to give it up no matter how undemocratic it is. Our Constitution was written mostly by slave owners from Virginia and the protection of the slave economy was paramount in their minds, we don't have slavery any longer but the institutions that were designed to protect that institution now are used to prevent any progressive changes in our country which needs them badly.
I would never suggest a Constitutional Convention though, because of the imbalance highlighted by the Senate, a convention could very well be an invitation for the conservatives to grab even more power than they already have. I think it is frustrating but our future must be gained through incremental, tiny advances over time so that we never give the conservatives any opportunity to destroy the freedoms and the equality we have so slowly built in this country. Hell half of them would return to a slave economy any time you gave them the chance. The other half would go along with them.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-22 08:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I've known this for years. Why should Wyoming get the same about of representation in the Senate as CA? Why should a presidential vote in WY be worth five times a presidential vote in CA in our anti-democratic EC? This is absolutely ludicrous. If we can't get rid of the EC, then we need DC and PR statehood and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act NOW!"

Careful now, you are sliding in to majority/minority talk here. One could easily say why should one race get equal representation if they aren't equal in numbers. Dems have slowly been indoctrinating America on how they can make sure one population of people aren't represented as equally as another based on demographics. The fact you can't understand that shows how blind you are to your own PCness, and why PC really means "Whatever Liberals want" and not "What is right for society".

#11 | Posted by humtake at 2021-01-22 11:59 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

"Why should a presidential vote in WY be worth five times a presidential vote in CA in our anti-democratic EC?"

For the same reason a presidential vote in Vermont is worth 5 times a presidential vote in CA.

You all realize there are small blue states as well that are over represented.

And the solution is simple without eliminating the EC....just take 2 EC votes from each state. (The senate representation)

#12 | Posted by eberly at 2021-01-22 12:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Careful now, you are sliding in to majority/minority talk here. One could easily say why should one race get equal representation if they aren't equal in numbers.

God damn you're an idiot.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-23 01:28 PM | Reply

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