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The Supreme court on a partisan 5/4 decision declared that gerrymandering is not something judges or courts can weigh on. That means congress will have to change these rules.

Jeffrey Toobin comments that this will mean that primaries will be where the action is, since districts will be decided by the gerrymandering.

This is a green light for states to be as partisan as possible in redistricting.

My take-- the Supreme Court is among the biggest enemies of democracy, the biggest enemies of the future of a free United States. In her dissent, Justice Kagan declared that this practice "imperils our system of government"

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Chief Justice Roberts has proven himself to be a totally partisan political hack. The five extreme right wing appointees have shown to have zero integrity. They are agents of the Republican party not arbiters of justice.

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I rather think that this decision -- which was announced on the day of the debates and so largely hidden from view -- may be the most consequential, and evil, act of the year from the Supreme Court. Pretty much, we no longer have a functioning democracy. There should be mass peaceful civil disobedience.

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You got that right!

From Slate: "Arbitrary and capricious: It was a big day at the Supreme Court. First, the court ruled against the proposed 2020 census citizenship question, which had nakedly discriminatory motives. Mark Joseph Stern breaks down the opinion and why it will be difficult for the Trump administration to revive the question, while Richard Hasen points out how it's still possible. Second, the court refused to rein in partisan gerrymandering, which Stern condemned as the "most disastrous betrayal of the First Amendment in recent memory." Dahlia Lithwick lays out the cowardice of the decision and the threat it poses to participatory democracy."

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My take, also, is: this is what you get for not voting for the lesser-of-two-evils! :) See On the logic of lesser-of-two-evils.

If you don't vote for the lesser-of-two-evils, you get the greater-of-two-evils (usually). Al Gore was an ardent environmentalist; instead we got GWB. Hillary's Supreme Court picks would have been moderate or good. She wouldn't have gutted the EPA, withdrawn from international treaties on climate, etc. Women's right to choose would have been protected. Immigrants wouldn't be in concentration camps. The GOP wouldn't have been able to pass another trillion dollar give-waay to the rich. Yes, Hillary was way too hawkish, and too corporate, but she would have been far, far better than Trump. The damage done in 2016 is incalculable. The Dems are pretty stupid and incompetent -- and often corrupt -- as you know. Progressives and other smart people should have realized that every last vote counts.

The argument, "Blame Hillary, she forgot to campaign in the swing states" has validity. But you should have known that she's incompetent and that every vote counts and that Trump would be far, far worse -- which he is. His environmental policies alone may doom humanity.

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That's plain ridiculous. Al Gore was a neoliberal who backed NAFTA. Democratic party acolytes only dig down one layer. All a democratic pol has to do is write a book or say he's all in on the enionment and his admirers take him on his or her word and don't bother to follow the dots. You cannot be a neoliberal and be an environmentalist. Hypocrites.

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LOL That's silly. By that standard, even Bernie Sanders is unacceptable neoliberal war-monger. After all, he voted for F-35 funding: Bernie Sanders Loves This $1 Trillion War Machine . The point is: nobody is perfect. Al Gore is a moderate Democrat who had some excellent positions and would have saved us from the disastrous second war in Iraq, from GWB's horrible tax policies and Supreme Court picks.

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The Supreme Court is not supposed to make laws, only apply the test of constitutionality.

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I'm not surprised by this at all.

But I'm very surprised they didn't rule on the CENSUS citizenship question. Now trump wants to cancel/postpone the CENSUS because of it. This alone is an impeachable offense.

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Some of us, way back in 2016, thought the best reason for favoring Clinton over Trump was the likely disaster of one or two SCOTUS appointments from Trump.

That is water over the bridge now and we simply must live with a hard right Supreme Court for probably the next thirty years making decisions like this that will set the country back and cause untold misery.

What can be done about it? Not much probably. We just have to live with bad electoral decisions, that's the way life is. But maybe, just maybe we could have a miracle. Maybe we could have term limits on SCOTUS. I'd suggest a dozen years because that would on average let a president appoint three members to the Court every term. With a little care that could be guaranteed. Of course that would take a Constitutional Amendment and that Amendment could insist that the Senate take a vote on each candidate the president nominates - say within three months.

That's probably just a pipe-dream, but that is about the best response I can think of to the Trump election.

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There were two big gerrymandering cases last year, in PA and NC. The NC decision was based on Federal law, and we just lost it to SCOTUS. But the PA decision was based on State law, so it still stands.

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thanks for that reminder.

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Simple enough-- the laws that set procedure for a fair way to create voting districts is being disabled.. It is also clear that our 'Justice ' department has been corrupted by partisan politics, and the only thing that is 'supreme' about them is their utter contempt for our electoral process, and the need for elections to be clear about the will of the people.

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