Either I'm missing something truly obvious or the same form of brain-dead thinking has just infected many journalists in this country who repeat things without much analysis.
Everything I have read today says that Republicans gain from the reallocation of Congressional seats brought about by the recent US Census.
But let's look at the facts.
America has grown by only 9.7% in the last decade. That's the slowest growth rate since the 1930s. So there are not a whole bunch of new people here, given that at least some of that growth comes from babies who cannot yet vote.
The reallocation has to do with the population drift. Away from the Northeast and the Midwest to the South and West.
Now, this is something I know about as I too drifted from New York to New Mexico. And one thing is certain: MY POLITICS DRIFTED WITH ME!
The notion that formerly Republican areas automatically gain strength from this reallocation of seats in government simply does not make sense. Quite the opposite, the drift of liberal minds into these areas should make us question definitions that may now be seriously out of date.
Even this situation is being used politically by certain news outlets, giving us false conclusions in the hope that they become self-fulfilling prophecies.
I think it would be very wise for journalist to become familiar with words like "traditionally" or "historically" or even "former" when talking about Republican states. And to think a little harder before simply repeating ill-thought-through conclusions published elsewhere.
Is asking journalists to think asking to much?