Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Gerrymander Rages

While losing population always corresponds with losing representation, I am ashamed that the paper is focusing more on the incumbent battles than on how these districts were drawn. Because these districts make little logical sense unless your purpose is to intentionally split communities and dilute voting strength.

And I'm thinking, specifically:

We've got a curlicue up in District 90, which earns it an autodouchematic dishonorable mention. Not sure what neighborhood that represents, but I assume we're not looking at pure intentions there.

But the number one spots for insane district drawing is quite evident in the neighborhood and community splitting boundaries of Orleans Parish districts 91,93,95,96,97 & 98.

And this is going to happen nation-wide, y'all. This will further secure one-party rule in many states, and does not bode well for congressional redistricting. There is a structural reason I think the US House will remain in GOP hands for at least the next 9 years - they are the ones drawing writing the rules, at this point.

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2 comments:

Dante said...

Look on the bright side. It only took about 6 redistricting cycles for Republicans to break through gerrymandering in decent numbers.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

No, it just took the Republicans 6 redistricting cycles to figure out why the Democrats in the South were so into Gerrymandering, and to sell their souls to get the Dixiecrats to join their coalition.

The genius move was selling the idea to the Undefeatocrats, like the McKinneys, Jeffersons, and Walkers of the world, who used family ties in the legislature to have minority and urban populations concentrated into their own personal fiefdoms.

The assumption of invincibility combined with the elements of futility in other districts to effectively gut Democratic Party orgainizational capacity on the state level.

Thus the focus on which local personalities in New Orleans will be able to survive, politically, the rearrangement.