Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

marmar

(77,425 posts)
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 06:09 PM Jan 2021

Democrats: Reject the Trump Census

(Salon) On election night 2020, there was a path — ultimately not taken — that could have made all the difference. The one that, in the months leading up to Nov. 3, excited all the Nates in ways only numbers can and was single-handedly able to recharge Steve Kornacki's battery pack with merely a thought.

That path was Joe Biden's narrowest route, a harrowing one that went through Wisconsin and Arizona and Nebraska's 2nd congressional district to exactly 270 electoral votes. You know, the map that might have broken our democracy, and the result you'd get if Rudy Giuliani could substitute his vote for all Pennsylvanians and if Lindsey Graham could personally do signature matching for all black Georgians.

That 270-268 victory might just have held up, through recounts, Brooks Brothers riots, legal challenges, state legislature shenanigans, suborning faithless electors and an invasion of the Capitol. But like our teetering democratic norms and institutions, it won't survive the next time. In the 2024 election, the 23 states plus D.C. and that one district around Omaha that currently get Democrats to 270 will no longer suffice. Our decennial reapportionment will foreclose it. Unless Democrats fight it — with this One Weird Trick.

....(snip)....

In that light, a refusal to transmit the census information by Johnson would not be out of line. She would have her pick of any number of justifications: The census is incomplete, and not have been delivered to her within a week of the new congressional session, as required; any count that excises unauthorized immigrants violates the Constitution; all states that engage in voter suppression need to have their population count reduced, in accordance with the 14th Amendment; the Commerce Department engaged in practices to suppress the count; the commerce secretary who supervised the count had previously, as vice president of the Bank of Cyprus, had exceedingly dubious business dealings with agents of the Russian government, whose interference in the 2016 election is a major reason he has that job. ..........(more)

https://www.salon.com/2021/01/10/democrats-can-save-themselves-with-this-one-weird-trick-reject-the-trump-census/




4 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Democrats: Reject the Trump Census (Original Post) marmar Jan 2021 OP
lousy writing. oughta get to the point nt msongs Jan 2021 #1
If I recall, the Apportionment counts need to agree with the Redistricting counts Old Terp Jan 2021 #2
The incomplete count should be reason enough to sit on it. nt live love laugh Jan 2021 #3
it's the "Trump Census"...how can we trust it to be accurate? RussBLib Jan 2021 #4

Old Terp

(464 posts)
2. If I recall, the Apportionment counts need to agree with the Redistricting counts
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 08:34 PM
Jan 2021

Since we didn't collect citizenship in the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau would not be able to produce block level data based on citizenship. Ergo, well we know what that means. With all the delays due to COVID and Trump attempts to change the rules, I would doubt if the data is ready before he leaves office. Then again, I've been gone a long time.

RussBLib

(9,238 posts)
4. it's the "Trump Census"...how can we trust it to be accurate?
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 11:10 PM
Jan 2021

if Trump is involved, expect some shady bullshit. Besides, he ended it early for no good reason whatsoever, so it truly is incomplete.

Democrats need to whack the Republicans upside the head. Take charge.

Latest Discussions»Editorials & Other Articles»Democrats: Reject the Tru...