The sorry story of how the House of Representatives became unrepresentative is clearly laid out in a new book, Ratf**cked:The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy.
Despite the wise-guy title David Daley – editor in chief of Salon and digital media fellow at the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia – has written a sobering and convincing account of how the Republicans figured out the way to gain power in the state legislatures and as a consequence in the federal government – through an unprecedented national effort of partisan redistricting.
By contrast the Democrats simply weren’t as interested in such dry and detailed stuff as state legislatures and redistricting.
Besides – as a Democratic strategist told Daley ‘The Republicans have always been better than Democrats at playing the long game’.
Daley argues that the Democrats blew it after their triumphant election in 2008 of the nation’s first black president.
The celebration went on too long.
For the Republicans Obama’s victory represented the threat of long-term Democratic dominance.