In 2010, Republicans won a historic victory in capturing the House of Representatives.In 2012, all but a handful of them won re-election.In the Nov. 22 issue, Anthony Pilla, citing the larger number of votes Democrats received in House elections, argued that the Republicans won their continued majority due to gerrymandering (“The Democrats won,” Letters). Mr. Pilla failed to point out that Democrats are highly concentrated in urban areas, where they receivedoverwhelming majorities which account for the national totals being what they are.The Republican majority was not due to gerrymandering.
If Mr. Pilla believes that gerrymandering is wrong (as implied by his letter), why did he not complain when his own congressman, Bob Turner, had his district eliminated?The answer is that Mr. Turner is a Republican.It seems that Mr. Pilla has selective moral outrage.
Mr. Pilla called the Republican House majority“a moot point.”A large Republican House majority is not “a moot point” but a reality that Democrats like Mr. Pilla have to live with.
I called on Republicans to use my Nov. 15 tax proposal as a basis for compromise.If Democrats believe that they have a mandate and do not have to compromise on their end, then we will go over the fiscal cliff. If that happens, people like Mr. Pilla will only have to look into the mirror to know the reason why.