Redistricting! Redistricting! Redistricting!

Make no mistake, the Republican sweep in Wisconsin and in the U.S. House of Representatives was a very big deal. It’s 2010. We just had a census. The lines are about to be drawn, and with these numbers, the lines will be drawn to facilitate Republican goals for the next decade.

No, there won’t be any outright gerrymandering. That never happens! Let me rephrase that: it would be silly for Wisconsin Republicans to allow lines to be drawn that could be as easily challenged as they were a few years ago. But still, expect an attempt to be made to ensure the status quo.

The same is true across the nation. The House has the responsibility there, too. While I haven’t seen any of the blogging left acknowledge it this morning, their loss last night was more than the end of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reign. The opportunity lost to form the voter groupings will cost them for at least ten years.

Get out your highlighters folks. It’s time for some fun. This process starts at the municipal level. Clerks across the nation have more power than you ever imagined because they draw the first lines.

(And you thought local elections didn’t matter.)


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    It bothers me not that the Dems retain control of the Senate. This means that 2/3 of the of the elected bodies concerning lawmaking in Washington are still controlled by the Democrats. It also means that Harry Reid will continue to be the Democratic face of the Senate. The goal of every conservative American should be to assure that Barack Hussein Obama is a one-term President. Last night takes a big step in that direction.

  2. Me either. In fact, I think it’s the best possible outcome. Republicans couldn’t possibly hope to unseat Obama with control of the Senate.

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    Cindy covered the generalities and here are some specifics:

    There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those – at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party.

    The North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870. Yes, that is Eighteen Seventy.

    The Alabama Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1876.

    For those saying this is nothing because it is the South, consider these:

    The entire Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislatures have flipped to the GOP by wide margins.

    The State Houses in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana, and Colorado flipped to the GOP.

    The Maine and Minnesota Senates flipped to the GOP.

    The Texas and Tennessee Houses went from virtually tied to massive Republican gains. The gains in Texas were so big that the Republicans no longer need the Democrats to get state constitutional amendments out of the state legislature.

    From Red State


  4. no matter what political party is in power the challenge is to please the people. with a vote spread of from 20% to 50% in elections that leaves a majority of more than 50% of the people who do not vote. we have to get out the vote to make them vote. and some of the non-voters are the biggest complainers. they are not bad people, just complacent. sometimes, we all are. sometime back in time we lost protocal and the mutual respect of one another. until that returns the game remains the same.

  5. Randy,

    I’m curious as to what you think this fact:

    The North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870. Yes, that is Eighteen Seventy.

    says about the political situation today. It seems to me like it should say the North Carolina Legislature has been Republican since 1970.

    Has it really taken 140 years to get over Lincoln’s proclamation? Does this mean Reconstruction is finally over?

  6. I do think that last night’s results particularly in the Assembly show that redistricting is not the be-all, end-all, though. If voters are mad enough at a party, they can take out people even in districts that were once thought to be safe–just ask Roger Anclam, Mike Sheridan, and Marlin Schneider.

    Democrats can do the same thing in 2012 if Walker and the GOP don’t create jobs like they say they will. I have some specific ideas for who could be the Republican victims in such a situation but maybe they are just wishful thinking.

    I hope that independent voters will hold Walker and the GOP accountable and not take excuses, like you alluded to in another post. They didn’t let Democrats get away with blaming Bush and they shouldn’t let Walker get away with blaming Obama either. Otherwise what’s the point of Walker getting elected in the first place?

  7. “Democrats can do the same thing in 2012 if Walker and the GOP don’t create jobs like they say they will.”

    I don’t believe that Walker and/or the GOP has made that claim directly. Maybe I’m wrong.

    Keep taxes low for rich people yes, cut spending yes. But I don’t believe jobs are a priority. Actually, I would contend that they advocate increasing the unemployment rate.

  8. Randy in Richmond says:

    Many are not over either, at least here in Richmond. But I suspect in the last 75 years or so it’s mostly about local Democrats being conservative and the party of mass resistance. It was the same in North Carolina.

    For example about 7 years ago there was a proposal to place a statue of Lincoln and his son Tad near Tredeger Iron Works here in Richmond. This site is where Confederates made canons and munitions. It caused quite a stir, even then, to do this. The statue was installed but only after much protest and debate.