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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
 

A little truth-in-gerrymandering


A note to self for when time permits.

The fruits of the liberal noise machine (such as it is) is what I perceive (nothing quantitatve) to be the general impression is that the Texas redistricting masterminded by Tom DeLay has become the CW acknowledged nadir of its kind.

Angles one might pursue are, firstly, that Texas redistricting was always gerrymandered to buggery. Only, because it was Dems doing the gerrymandering, I suspect DEWDROP complaints were fewer. According to a 2003 Houston Chronicle piece,
Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, said DeLay's push for a Republican redistricting plan is no different from when Democratic delegation leader U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Arlington, orchestrated a 1991 redistricting that the National Journal called the worst gerrymander in U.S. history.

Call it, the biter bit. (That, at least, is my impression of the 1991 shenanigans from the briefest of looks.)

And California. Just take a look at the maps of some of those Congressional districts - the 10th, 11th and 27th, for instance, have tell-tale gouges where inconvenient demos reside, one presumes; stretch models like the 15th and - the Kim Jong Il special - the 23th, Lucky Lois Capps' very own job-for-life Pacific blue sliver of the Central Coast [1].

Unlike in Texas, this cosy little arrangement was impeccably bipartisan: incumbent heaven on both sides of the aisle, state and Federal. In November, not one seat changed parties.

And Governor Schwarzenegger wants to re-redistrict to put an end to this cosy piece of graft [2].

Next, they'll be putting Christmas to a vote at the turkey farms...

  1. A little more:
    California's 23rd District takes in a thin coastal strip extending from the northern edge of San Luis Obispo County down to Ventura County. The borders of the 53rd District, centered on San Diego, carefully avoid Republican areas that might alter the district's Democratic tilt. And the 46th District, which links Huntington Beach with Palos Verdes, continues California's fine tradition of crafting congressional districts that require a boat to traverse.
  2. Legislators are, no doubt, keen to lay up treasures in heaven; but you can't blame them for laying up a few down below, just to tide them over. (Can you say Halliburton?)


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