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Tea leaves of ’12 election misread

While Jeff Jacoby may be in favor of a divided, do-nothing government (“Ought to be a law? Don’t be so sure,” Op-ed, July 28), he is mistaken in concluding that this view is shared by the majority of Americans.

At first glance, his argument seems to support his case. He writes, “That’s why [voters] returned a Republican majority to the House of Representatives last November, while keeping the Senate and the White House in Democratic hands.” But he neglects to mention that, nationwide, Democratic House candidates received 1.4 million more votes than their Republican counterparts.

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As has been well-documented, the only reason the Democrats did not gain control of the House was that so many districts were gerrymandered to have Republican majorities in the most recent redrawing of congressional districts following the 2010 Census.

Without such distortionary redistricting, the desire of the majority of Americans to have a do-something government tackle the problems facing the country would have been more clearly evident, and Jacoby’s argument would fall flat.

Kevin Hazel

Arlington

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