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To: Paladin2; Impy; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; campaignPete R-CT; darkangel82; ...

Actually, you’re right and wrong. Dingell pere and son have held a seat in Congress since 1933, but the district isn’t the same. When Dingell, Sr. first won a formerly historically GOP district in the FDR ‘32 landslide, it was one of Detroit’s city districts (for which there once used to be several). Dingell, Sr. essentially represented that same district until his death in 1955. When Dingell, Jr. won his dad’s seat in the ‘55 special, he still represented Detroit, but with the gargantuan demographics shift and massive shrinkage of the population beginning at roughly the same time he won the seat, his district moved westward away from Detroit proper and now is Ann Arbor-based. The district he originally represented no longer exists.

His seatmate, John Conyers, has also seen his district drastically expanded and augmented since he was elected in 1964 (when Detroit was still viable and had twice as many people as it does now). Conyers has a very unique distinction as a member of Congress a lot of folks don’t know about. More people have fled the district he has represented for 44 years than any other in the history of the country, which I estimate to be in excess of a half-million people. People wonder why Conyers hasn’t been voted out, but his constituents (the smart ones) have voted in another way - with their feet. When a half-million people flee the districts you’ve represented, it’s very telling.


14 posted on 08/11/2009 10:55:28 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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It's kind of like Bobby Rush's district where I have the misfortune of living. It's the oldest black majority district in the nation but bears almost no resemblance to what it looked like in the 1930s (I believe most of what the historic 1st district is now in the 2nd district, represented by Jesse Jackson Jr.) For decades the 1st district was an entirely urban district representing the bronzeville and south shore neighborhoods of Chicago. It wasn't until the 90s that it had any suburban communities at all (I believe after the next remap in the 2000s, it's now roughly half suburban in area, if not in population). They keep having to move Rush further and further southwest because his Chicago continents have fled over the decades (apparently all the "hope and change" Obama brought to the area isn't helping) so the population of Chicago's historic black neighborhoods continues to decline constantly. Tossing some middle class suburbs into Rush's district adding a minority of Republican voters and pushed the GOP vote totals in the district into double digits for the first time in decades (during the 80s, the Republican vote was in single digits), but they've still kept it safe RAT by adding some suburbs that have become majority black due to demographic changes. I don't know how they manage to keep three safe black congressional districts in Chicago when the black population of Chicago is only 30% of the city, but since blacks vote 95% RAT and a bunch of liberal suburbanites go along with it, that must help.

Likewise the population of Detroit has been cut in half from what it was in the 50s (I think they went from 1.5 million to 700,000 now), yet they still maintain two safe black congressional districts from Detroit (one of whom is the mother of disgraced former Detriot mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and the other Detriot Congressman, Conyers, has managed to stick around since 1964. I'd love to see how they redesigned his district over the years).

Just goes to show you how RAT voters in the urban areas, no matter what race they are, have no shame when it comes to electing crooks to lifetime positions. I'm sure it's just as bad in Nashville and Memphis (or Atlanta for that matter). What a lot of freepers don't get is that America isn't so much divided between northern and southern culture as it is between urban and rural.

As for Dingell I'm amazed he's still in office at the age of 83 and has no plans to retire anytime soon. Alot of these Washington insiders won't leave office until they're carried out feet first. When John Dingell is finally out of office, I expect the "family seat" to be bequeathed to his son Chris Dingell without a murmur of protest from his gullible constituents.

16 posted on 08/12/2009 3:10:43 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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