Joy Behar Blames 'Gerrymandering' for GOP Senate Wins
On Wednesday, Joy Behar, co-host of ABC News' "The View," suggested that the division of the United States into states — each given two U.S. Senate seats under the Constitution — constitutes "gerrymandering" for the Republicans.
Behar interrupted Matthew Dowd, former chief strategist for the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign and current ABC News political analyst, who was breaking down the 2018 midterm election results, pointing out that Republicans have "geography" while Democrats have "demography."
"I think we had a presidential year in a midterm," Dowd said, citing the extremely high turnout — 118 million votes cast in House races, perhaps nearing the turnout rate of low-turnout presidential elections, according to Time magazine.
Dowd described the elections as a "battle between geography, which Republicans have ... and there's demography, which Democrats have. In 2016, we had a split decision: Trump takes the Electoral College — geography — Hillary Clinton wins the popular vote."
"Last night was an even bigger example of that," the analyst added. "So Democrats won the popular vote last night by 8 million votes, but they lose the U.S. Senate races in red areas."
"Because of gerrymandering," Behar interrupted.
Luckily, Dowd immediately shot down this idea. "No, that's not gerrymandering, that's the Constitution," he replied. "The districts are gerrymandered, but the states are part of the Constitution."
Dowd added that "the blues are getting bluer, and the reds are getting redder," and he lamented that "both parties are going to take the wrong lessons from last night."
It seems some liberals have already started taking the wrong lessons. Behar's quip about "gerrymandering" illustrates a new kind of absurdity the Left has begun to push. The new conspiracy theory is that whenever Republicans win it's unfair because the rules have been rigged against Democrats, who should win because of "the popular vote."
"I don't think people are ready for the crisis that will follow if Democrats win the House popular vote but not the majority," Vox's Ezra Klein infamously tweeted. "After Kavanaugh, Trump, Garland, Citizens United, Bush v. Gore, etc, the party is on the edge of losing faith in the system (and reasonably so)."
Musician and actor Mikel Jollett declared that "Democrats won the popular vote tally in the Senate by 12% yesterday. (9 MILLION votes!) Stop pretending Republican Senate pick-ups represent some kind of 'will of the people.' The whole problem is the Senate DOESN’T represent the will of the people."