Saturday, August 16, 2003
Playing the race card in Texas: I've written before about the brouhaha over redistricting in Texas. Democrats complain that the move is a power grab -- which it is. But it's also the way politics work. From my previous post on the subject:
Texas was redistricted by a court after the Democrats managed to halt a redistricting plan in 2000. Texas was allotted an additional three seats -- all of which were made GOP seats -- leaving the Democrats with a 17-15 advantage in the Congressional delegation.
This in a state where every statewide office is held by Republicans.
This in a state where Republicans hold large majorities in both houses of the state legislature.
Let's compare the Texas situation to California, where the inverse is true. In California, the Democrats hold a large majority in both houses of the state legislature and every statewide office.
What does California's delegation look like? 33 Democrats and 20 Republicans.
So, Republicans want the state's Congressional delegation to be representative of the political views of the state's residents. Democrats don't. Who's opposed to representative government now?
Anyway, the Texas Democrats have fled to New Mexico to prevent a quorum -- the only way they can hope to stop the redistricting plan. Republicans are attempting to punish them with fines and revoking of political perks.
So, what's the Democrats' response to this news?
"They've added measures which will make it difficult for our legislative staff back in Austin to continue to serve our constituents," said Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. "It is unconscionable that these white Republicans would attempt to hurt our constituents even while we are making our stand to defend Texas." [emphasis added]
Let's just ignore the slam that "Republicans" want to hurt people. It's even worse, it's "white Republicans!"
Whoever comes out on top in the "Freddy Vs. Jason" fight will face the "white Republican" for the title!