Just to answer some of the replies to this: the House isn’t actually representative of the population density of big states because it’s capped at 435 to specifically water down their power
It’s almost as if we should really be talking about the Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929 instead of the Senate 👀
If the House was the size it should actually be (or votes were weighted by population), the GOP couldn’t have won in 2010 or even 1994. They probably wouldn’t have held it post-FDR ever again.
Fixing the Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929 would also solve our Electoral College problem, because small states would never be able to gain the House seats necessary to overwhelm the big state advantage
Interestingly enough, that is exactly what the GOP thought as soon as urban centers held the majority of the population, which is why they failed to reapportion Congress after the 1920 census (with some help from southern Democrats, of course)

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