By Javier ManjarresLess than a week removed from his inauguration, President Barack Obama has come out swinging against House Republicans for opposing his highly partisan and polarizing agenda, stating that the opposition to his agenda is primarily coming from “members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican.”
The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies. – President Barack Obama
It’s not often that politicos reference the fact that members of the opposition party reside in “sharply gerrymandered districts” when countless members of their own Party also enjoy such an advantage. In fact, nearly the whole Democrat Florida congressional delegation resides in “sharply gerrymandered districts”, and odds are pretty strong that if any of those representatives happened to wander outside the confines of those gerrymandered districts into a more evenly balanced district, those Democrats would be out of a job, but I digress.
If you look at these members’ districts both before and after 2012’s Congressional redistricting- members Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson, Alcee Hastings, Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Ted Deutch (now representing Robert Wexler’s old seat) not to mention other prominent representatives Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer- all have “sharply gerrymandered” congressional districts.
Obama’s deviousness is shifting into high gear- after having been elected by 51% of voters, he’s now exploiting the fact that a majority of Americans either don’t know or don’t care to understand the mechanics of our two party system as well as how Congress works. He’s also positing his agenda as something deserving of a broad bipartisan consensus that’s only being opposed by the irrational intransigence of a few Republican knuckledraggers in so-called “sharply gerrymandered” districts. It should go without saying that the proper role of Congress is not to rubber-stamp any president’s agenda.