American Horrible Story - Gerrymandering

  • Aired:  12/10/13
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Jason Jones meets the Picasso of gerrymandering. (5:34)

[ LAUGHTER ]YOU MIGHT WONDER WHICH POLITICAL

PARTY BEARS MORE RESPONSIBILITYFOR NOTHING GETTING DONE.

OBVIOUSLY EACH SIDE IS BLAMINGTHE OTHER.

BUT HERE'S A TIP. THEPARTY MORE RESPONSIBLE MIGHT BE

THE ONE THAT DEFINED ITS MISSIONTHUSLY.

>> WE SHOULD NOT BE JUDGED ONHOW MANY NEW LAWS WE CREATE.

WE OUGHT TO BE JUDGED ON HOWMANY LAWS WE REPEAL.

>> ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CANDO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN

STOP YOUR COUNTRY FROM DOING!

[LAUGHTER]BUT ALL RIGHT --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]HOW DID THIS LEGISLATIVE CLUSTER

(bleep) HAPPEN?

WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE THEWORST CONGRESS OF ALL TIME?

WE SENT JASON JONES TO FINDOUT.

>> THE GRIDLOCK IN CONGRESSEXISTS LARGELY BECAUSE OF ONE

THING.

GERRYMANDERING HAS BECOME AMASSIVE PROBLEM.

>> CONGRESS DOESN'T REALLY LOOKLIKE AMERICA.

>> YES GERRYMANDERING, THEREDRAWING OF

CONGRESSIONAL SEATS TO GIVE APOLITICAL ADVANTAGE TO ONE

PARTY HAS MADE MOST DISTRICTS SOSECURE THAT ONLY 35 TRUE SWING

DISTRICTS REMAIN.

YET THE GERRYMANDERERS WHODRAW THE LINES THINK THEIR WORK

IS DEEPLY MISUNDERSTOOD.

>> PEOPLE MIGHT CRITICIZE WHAT IDO BUT IN ORDER TO BE AN ARTIST

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THEMECHANISMS THAT YOU ARE USING,

THE MEDIUM YOU ARE USING.

>> EXACTLY.

WHOA, DID THAT GUY JUST CALLHIMSELF AN ARTIST?

>> IT'S NOT JUST LINES.

THERE'S A STORY BEHIND EACHLINE.

>> THAT'S MIND BLOWING, MAN.

SO YOU ARE JUST A NATURAL BORNARTIST?

>> IT'S -- IT JUST -- WHEN YOUSTUDY DATA.

>> YEAH.

>> YOU END UP SEEING DATA.

>> HIS ARTWORKS ARE ON DISPLAYIN DOZENS OF STATES BUT SADLY

CRITICS LIKE MELANIE SLOANE LONGFOR A DAY WHEN PEOPLE

VOTE IN BORING EQUALLY BASEDPOPULATION SQUARES.

>> THEY ARE NOT ARTISTS.

THEY ARE A CANCER ON GOVERNMENT.

THEIR WHOLE AIM IS TO UNDERMINETHE DEMOCRACY.

>> PEOPLE SAY THE SAME THINGABOUT PICASSO.

>> I REALLY DOUBT THAT THEY DID.

>> LIKE PICASSO HE HAS WEALTHYPOLITCALLY CONNECTED PATRONS.

THEY CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HISWORK.

>> TALK TO ME ABOUT YOURCREATIVE PROCESS.

CR>> WE'RE CREATING THE WHOLEMELIEU

OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FORREDISTRICTING.

>> YOU'VE BEEN WORKING WITH ALOT OF BROWN, A LOT OF HISPANIC

POPULATION.

>> YES, THE HISPANIC POPULATIONHAS ITS OWN FACTORS.

DIFFERENT SHADES, MEXICAN,PUERTO RICAN, CUBAN.

>> HOW WOULD YOU MIX A TOASTEDSESAME CUBAN IN WITH A DARKER

CHOCOLATE DOMINICAN?

>> THAT'S THE ART OFREDISTRICTING, COMING UP WITH

THAT MIX OF LINES.

>> PEOPLE MUST GO CRAZY FOR THISWORK.

>> UM, I DON'T KNOW IF GO CRAZYIF THE RIGHT TERM.

>> WELL, THEY CERTAINLY GO CRAZYAT IT.

AND THEY CERTAINLY DID FORILLINOIS'S FOURTH CONSIDERED THE

MOST GERRYMANDERED DISTRICTIN AMERICA.

>> THIS IS MARRYING THE PUERTORICAN PART OF CHICAGO WITH THE

MEXICAN AND SOUTHERN PART OF THECHICAGO.

THE PROBLEM IS THAT YOU HAVE AWHOLE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY

IN THE MIDDLE.

YOU HAVE TO GO OUT AND AROUNDIT.

>> TO MELANIE THIS IS ANABOMINATION.

WHILE I SEE SOME OF THEDISTRICTS MAY BE INTERESTING TO

LOOK AT THEY ARE OFTEN LINESTHAT DON'T MAKE ANY SENSE.

>> DOESN'T ALL GOOD ART EFFECTCHANGE?

>> I SUPPOSE GOOD ART CAN EFFECTCHANGE.

>> IS ART PROVOCATIVE?

WHAT AREN'T YOU GETTING MAN?

>> I DON'T AGREE IT'S ART.

>> WHAT IS ART TO YOU?

>> ART IS -- WHAT IS ART?

HMMMM, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

ART IS AH -->> YOU CALL YOURSELF A CRITIC.

WITH SUCH CRITICISM OF GERRYMANDERING GROWING THERE WAS ONLY

ONE WAY TO GET THE RESPECT FORTHE ARTISTS THEY SO RICHLY

DESERVE WITH A NONPARTISANSHOWING.

ISN'T THAT WONDERFUL?

ART LOVERS MARVELED ATVIRGINIA'S THIRD.

>> I SEE ANGER.

>> PENNSYLVANIA'S SIXTH.

>> LOOKING LIKE ME.

>> AND MARYLAND'S THIRD.

>> IT'S A LARGER FIGURED PERSONTHAT IS TO BE DOMINATING THE

SMALLER FIGURE ON THE RIGHT.

>> WOW THAT'S -- YOU AREOVERTHINKING IT NOW.

>> IT WAS A GRAND DISPLAY OF THEOPTICAL ILLUSION OF FAIRNESS.

YOU TWO MUST LOVE WHAT HE HASDONE WITH BROWN.

WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THOSE INPOWER CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE

ARTS AND VISIONARIES LIKE HIM.

>> ART IS IN THE EYES OF THEBEHOLDER.

>> WHEN DO YOU THINK YOU'LL STOPWHEN THE COUNTRY IS RUINED?

>> NO, PROBABLY NOT.

>> KEEP DRIVING IT INTO THEGROUND?

>> NO, THE COUNTRY IS VERYRESILIENT.

>> VERY NICE.

JASON JONES.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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