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The travesty of Republican gerrymandering: Why Donald Trump’s nomination should — but probably won’t — cost the GOP its congressional majority

March 22, 2016

By SEAN ILLING
Salon

If they win the White House in 2016, Democrats have another problem: Republicans control both the House and the Senate. Indeed, House Republicans have their largest majority since 1928 – 247 seats to 188. The GOP’s historic influence in both chambers of Congress has rendered the country ungovernable. When the Tea Party movement exploded in 2009, dozens of right-wing nihilists descended on Congress with one goal: obstructionism. As a result, the Republican death-grip on the nation’s legislative branch has been near-total.