Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, 2010 Edition

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Longtime readers may remember my chart from last year demonstrating the partisan distortion caused by Senate malapportionment. Back then, the Republicans received four bonus Senate seats just for showing up. Good news! Under 2010 Census estimates and the results of Tuesday’s election, that distortion is now down to three.

The real distortion, as before, comes less from gifting the GOP three extra Senate seats and more in where the seats come from. In a Senate apportioned strictly by population, a full third of the Democratic caucus (19 Senators) would come from California and New York alone. Alaska, South Dakota, Montana, and Nebraska, taken all together, would get less than one. Such a Senate would have a Democratic caucus that was significantly more progressive.

Written by gerrycanavan

November 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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  1. Should have added that the leftward gains from CA and NY would offset the diminished Senatorial representation for VT, NH, DE, etc. We’d all be better off if the Senate looked more like the House, Tuesday’s election results notwithstanding.

    gerrycanavan

    November 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm


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