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The GOP screwed themselves: The brilliant gerrymander that gave Republicans the Congress — and created Donald Trump

June 05, 2016

by DAVID DALEY
Salon

Some seven years after celebrating his victory with an exuberant late-night speech in Grant Park, a no longer jubilant Barack Obama—wearier, grayer, even enervated—began the last year of his second term with a speech in the East Room of the White House, announcing executive action on gun-control measures which he had been unable to get through Congress. The resplendent red tie — his carefully chosen metaphor from his triumphant night in 2008 — was long gone.