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Could Democrats take Virginia’s 7th district?

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Its boundaries, even after they were reset by judges to eliminate racial gerrymandering in an adjacent district, still favour Republicans.
It favors Republicans. But quite possibly not Mr Brat's sort of Republicans. It is rather looking like that may be happening a lot around the country this fall.


The article was OK, but it shows the partisanship. However I would like to think that your publication is more professional than to use incendiary extremely partisan article titles. Sic Semper Propaganda!

jouris in reply to guest-nswiswj

I'm not quite clear how the headline was partisan. I can easily imagine Mr Brat's campaign saying exactly that: "Could they?!?!?"
Now if the headline read something like "Could the Good Guys Take it?", then you'd absolutely have a point. But as it stands? Not really.


Speaking of Congressional Districts....
We'll have to see where this goes.
Lawsuit seeks to toss out Ohio's congressional map in time for 2020 election
"This map was designed to generate 75 percent Republican seats in Ohio regardless of how Ohio people voted."
The plaintiffs are the Ohio League of Women Voters, the Ohio chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Initiative (described as an organization for African-American trade unionists and community activists) and one Democratic voter in each of Ohio's 16 districts.
Named as defendants were elected leaders, including Secretary of State Jon Husted and Gov. John Kasich, two Republicans who have been outspoken against gerrymandering, although Kasich signed into law the disputed map.


The 2018 elections will largely define whether the US remains a democracy.
The pace at which our democratic institutions and checks and balances are being destroyed (with the active/implicit support of the Republicans) is staggering.
If the Democrats fail to win the House in 2018, I seriously doubt there will be an election in 2020.


While it is undeniably charming to imagine that the behavior of politicians makes a significant difference to whether or not, or how, people will vote the evidence suggests otherwise. For the vast majority of US citizens, politics is akin to sports. They have their team, they support their team, they know the team slogan by heart, and they can't abandon their team.

Trump won in part because millions of Republicans who loathed what he represented and loathed his bloated fatuous blusterings nevertheless voted for him because, well, it said "Republican" next to his name on the ballot and they just couldn't let the team down, could they?

We therefore need to be extremely cautious when we permit flights of fancy regarding the upcoming midterm elections. Because the fundamentals of human nature, and in particular of what passes for "politics" in the USA have not changed.