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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Republicans not dead

The NY Times reports:
There are now more state capitals dominated by a single party — where one party controls the legislature and the governor’s office — than at any time since 1952.
As the chart shows, the Republican position in the states has dramatically improved since 2008.

The paper goes on:
Twenty-four states will be controlled by Republicans, including Alaska and Wisconsin, where the party took the State Senate, and North Carolina, where the governorship changed hands. At least 13 states will be Democratic, including Colorado, Minnesota and Oregon, where control of the legislatures shifted, and California, where the already dominant Democrats gained a supermajority in both chambers. (The situation in New York, where the potential for single-party control by the Democrats rests on the makeup of the Senate, is still uncertain.)

Power will be split in, at most, 12 capitals — the fewest, said Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures, since 1952.

So while President Obama and Republican leaders in Washington have made postelection hints of an openness to compromise, many in the states may see no such need.
This confirms the widespread belief that the USA is increasingly polarized into red and blue states. The presidential electoral votes of most states were predictable long before the election.

Yes, Pres. Obama was reelected by about 2.5% of the popular vote, about the same margin as Pres. Bush was reelected in 2004. But in 2009-2010 Democrats held the White House, the House, and a filibuster-proof 60-40 majority in the Senate. The Republicans now control the House and 45 seats in the Senate.

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