America, Pennsylvania, President Trump discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
So to campaign events to political parties, the very same day just fifteen miles apart showing that even in one of Pennsylvania's most politically balanced districts neighbors in the Lehigh valley may still be living across an unbridgeable, divide. Those are some voices that we heard just this weekend in Pennsylvania's brand new seventh district, and this is a district that is very, very evenly divided now between Republicans and Democrats. So Terry, Madonna, tell me, I mean, what is the problem that redistricting is supposed to solve? If we still have these deep political divides even amongst neighbors living across the street from each other? Well, the problem is that we are in hyper partisan hyper polarization the likes of which we've probably have not seen in anyone's lifetime. If not earlier. The fact of the matter is that part of the polarization does come from gerrymandering over the course of time. The Democrats are now becoming an have become the party of urban America with a very different constituency base than than Republicans. The Republican party is the party of small town and rural America, so think and. A battle over the fight over the suburbs. So think about the nature of the constituencies in small town and rural America versus urban America. The demographics of the people, the issues that concern them take just cultural issues, rural and small town America, culturally conservative, right? Go to urban America. What do you find culturally very liberal and those differences do get played out and so urban America sends Liberal Democrats. What is small town in rural America said conservative Republicans. So you're onto something, but it's deeper than that, but you're onto something. So Lindsey, Lazar ski the lemme ask you. I mean, I think Pennsylvania's new. Seventh district is so fascinating because you know everything, Terry, Madonna said is true, but I'm just wondering the, is it a pie in the sky idea to think that if you have a very politically balanced district, that by default candidates would. To run closer to the centre or or not, I mean, is this, is that what we're seeing? Possibly. I mean, I think that this election, these midterms were kind of on uncharted territory here, and we'll see what happens with the the new map in the redistricting. I think that you know. Throwing out the old map is not going to change the divide in America, but the elections will be fair. The elections will be that's the idea that the elections that voters will have a fair shot at choosing the candidate that that that the majority wants to choose. Every vote will have to be earned right. If we go back to a district special election held her or in a year that was nationally observed in Pennsylvania in the eighteenth congressional district, Connor lamb a democrat running in a district one, but one by Donald Trump by twenty points. You know what he said, oh, I'm not going to vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker when then candidate than when candidate and then President Trump, what did he talk about? He talked about iron and coal and steel. We talked about getting rid of NAFTA and getting rid of Trans-Pacific Partnership. You know, who put his hand and agreed with him a guy named CONNER lamb. So there are districts in which it certainly has affected, but Lindsay's, right in and of itself. I don't think it's going to change the polarization that is deeply rooted in the ideological predilections of these of the candidates..