Safe partisan districts are driving U.S. politics to extremes that might be beyond voters’ powers to correct.
Rep. Scott Rigell, who represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District over Hampton Roads’ way, is right on target when he blames gerrymandered districts for the gridlock that shut down the federal government.
Gerrymandering has amplified the voice from the GOP’s far right fringe way beyond its numbers. Noncompetitive districts free candidates of the moderating effects of having to win over independent voters. The only challenge conservative incumbents have to fear is an attack from the right for the party nomination.