When the House of Representatives is put together every ten years by those who want to stay in power - Republicans and Democrats alike - some, uh, strange things happen. Consider Louie Gohmert. Oh, Louie, Louie, how could we forget you? Our "hero" put on an unsuccessful challenge against John Boehner - because he was too liberal! (Don't that beat all?) Or his psychedelic "asparagus" comments in the House. Of course, we wouldn't even be having discussions such as these were it not for the machinations of Tom DeLay.
Next we consider the capital of Texas, Austin. Now, Austin isn't quite as liberal as Provincetown - but it's damn well up there. Now the good friends in Texas would have shown some kindness toward their capitol city... wouldn't they?
When the Texas legislature carved up its House of Representatives, they divided Austin into five parts. Hence, only 1/5 of Austin got a fair shake in Washington. It is fair, of course, when a Representative gets to speak his/her mind in D.C., but it is ludicrously unfair when his/her district is shaped like a smashed-up pretzel.
There are anomalies, of course. A conservative will fall into Jerrold Nadler's district, and a liberal (god bless your heart) will fall into into Louie Gohmert's district. Hey, that's life. However you can e-mail them, and let them know that the only good district is a fair district, one so founded by the framers and the Supreme Court.
And, of course, you can run.
Thanks, John. Thanks, 1/16 of Ohio.