posted on December 31, 2011 12:09
When the Democrats sued the Republicans over redistricting I thought we might be treated to see a bit of grand political theatre with Republicans arguing for the Voting Rights Act (which they hate) and Democrats arguing against it (even though they’ve been in love with it for four decades).
It’s a disappointment but no such thing happened.
In fact, there’s not much difference at all between the Democrats’ plan and the Republicans’ plan. Both praise the Voting Rights Act. Both ‘pack’ districts. Both create Majority-Minority districts. There’s hardly a thing they disagree about except how many of those ‘packed’ districts there should be. Democrats say 35. Republicans say 41.
That’s it. That’s all they’re fighting over. Six districts.
The only other irony is the Democrats arguing that Barack Obama’s Justice Department approved a redistricting plan that discriminates against African-Americans.