Republicans regret undermining Census

UPDATE: I’ve another post about this at the top of the page, in which I come to a slightly different conclusion. Feel free to move the conversation there.

Original post: You just knew it was going to happen: Republicans are having a fit and falling in it after learning that liberals are filling out their Census forms in droves, the Wall Street Journal reports:

According to Census Bureau figures, some of the most conservative states have among the lowest response rates so far. About 48% of households in Texas and 53% in Alabama have mailed in their forms so far, for example, while the response rate in Massachusetts, a more-liberal state, is at about 57%.

“The unstated concern: An under-representation of conservatives could mean fewer Republicans in Congress and state legislatures for the next 10 years.”

Ironically, it used to be Democrats who worried about being undercounted because it used to be minorities who were scared of the government! But thanks to a marketing campaign that depicts the Census as a sure-fire way to increase entitlement spending on the one hand, and the mad rantings of Reps Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul on the other, Real Americans are refusing to turn in their forms while Hispanics–every last one of whom you just know is going to vote Democrat–are returning their forms like someone’s paying them to do it.

(For Census opponents: Sure, it feels invasive, but it’s not going away, and refusing to comply costs you lots and lots of money. Disclaimer: My household has already returned its form.)

So, a year from now, maybe two, look for: a convoluted explanation as to why Republican scare-mongering has nothing to with unimpressive House returns.

  • loudog

    There you people go, listening to Beck again, losing representation. Buying survival seeds for your liberty garden, losing representation. Buying beans and bullets for the revolution to “take your country back” (whatever that means), losing representation. Don’t change a thing.

  • ohthehugemanatee

    Why are they freaking out? The Census Bureau is the one reporting this. The Census Bureau under the Obama administration I might point out. And you know they never fib about anything, right?

    • Michael Spurlock

      This makes no sense. Just yesterday I was reading where the most liberal states were the ones not reporting.

  • author

    Liberals are filling out their forms because they are good little sheeple.
    Democrap party say’s fill em out — and the libs follow in lock step.

  • JoJo Dog

    Everyone I know, including myself would love to fill out the census, however, we never received one.

  • libertyatstake

    Soon the required door-to-door canvassing will begin. Many conservatives are just waiting for the opportunity to look into the whites of the Census bureaucrats’ eyes.
    [For a light hearted take on our present peril]

  • thebigodoopedu2

    How do they know who is republican and who isn’t..this whole thing is stupid. I was NOT asked about my political affiliation on the census I filled out. Are we paying someone to look this up? Again a huge waste of Tax Dollars or is this just an attempt to politicize the census and use is to support Democrats?

    • oeno

      You really need to work on your reading comprehension skills.

      Census Bureau sent out X number of forms. In Massachusetts they have received back 57% of the forms. In Alabama a little over half and in Texas a little over half.

      Nothing going on here, aside from it being a holiday weekend. This story was more or less originally posted in the Houston Chronicle the middle of last week.

      • Mike Riggs

        It’s not just Easter: Return/response rates from conservative districts are down. And you don’t have to look far to find conservatives arguing that the Census should be met with resistance (Erik Erickson: “I said if some ACS person showed up on my doorstep to try to arrest me for not wanting to tell the government how often I flush my toilet I’d get out my wife’s shotgun and get them off my property.”)

        And while the numbers very well could change between now and May, when the Census will wind down its collection efforts, if they don’t, I think people like Bachmann and Paul are partially to blame for suggesting that there’s something authoritarian or unconstitutional about the Census.

        • oeno

          Which is hilarious, because TPM is posting that Bachmann’s district is about 20 points above the national average.

          Bachmann’s rhetorical sins are many, but this would fall under the venal category.

          • Mike Riggs

            I’m comparing the 2010 Census participation map with the 2008 presidential return maps as we speak, and the results are interesting.

            I’ll have a post up soon.

        • anniebanannie

          “I’ll have a post up soon. ” Don’t bother. This one stunk so bad it’ll take days to get the stench out of it. “Republicans are having a fit and falling in it” “Republican scare-mongering ” wow….are you still in junior college?

  • thebigodoopedu2

    I don’t know of anyone complaining of the Census or who has refused to send it in..This seems to be a lot of propaganda. Why would the republican party unite against the Census..what would be the point?

  • erick1740

    I don’t believe a word of it. I sent mine in.

    • hurtzallot

      Bogus story – Cached