Technocratic policymaking is the best, most efficient way to get over on the average American voter because explaining such terribly boring technical and political machinations will sooner induce a coma than inspire someone to vote.
Scurrying behind the curtain of politics and altering the playing field is the surest way to gain and, importantly, hold power no matter your party's positions on critical issues. A party's politics don't really matter if the game is rigged so that it is no longer a game, but an exercise in certainty that one group of politicos will remain in charge no matter what voters want.
How we talk about gerrymandering – and how media outlets cover the disease that is gerrymandering – leaves voters confused, disenchanted, and potentially disengaged. Last week I nearly ate my steering wheel as I listened to an NPR story on the effects of gerrymandering in the 2022 midterm elections. The message: Every lawmaker is the same, both major political parties gerrymander the shit out of every state in which they are in control, and the effects of this systematic cheating – this short circuiting of democracy – are the same across the country. In short, NPR told listeners that there is no difference between good and bad things, you imbecile, you fucking moron.