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Monday, August 08, 2022

NYT upset that Republicans win

The New York Times is upset today because following the 2020 Census, Republican legislatures have redistricted congressional districts in a manner that gives Republicans an advantage.

The politicos call this gerrymandering and it has happened after only 23 of the 23 censuses we have held.

Under the Constitution, states not Congress decide these matters.

In the last half century, Congress and the Supreme Court have butted in. LBJ created black ghetto districts in order to elect socialist whack jobs like Maxine Waters. The problem for Democrats is one-fourth of their votes come from black voters. Having 90% Democrat districts does not leave them enough voters to be competitive in other districts.

Since Bush v. Gore in 2000, the Supreme Court has backed away from involvement in elections. As Chief Justice John Roberts said of Obamacare, elections have consequences. This revival of staying out of politics helped Democrats flood the ballot box with mailed-in votes in 2020 to steal that election because the Roberts court refused to say no.

But now Democrats are angry because the court won't stop Republicans from winning the House back this year. 

NYT reported, "Maps in Four States Were Ruled Illegal Gerrymanders. They’re Being Used Anyway.

"A Supreme Court shift, frowning on changes close to elections, gives House Republicans a big advantage in November."

Declared illegal by whom? Partisan state judges? Why do judges have any say in the matter? Redistricting is a legislative matter. You may not like the results. I certainly did not like that 12-member district the West Virginia Legislature had that Democrats used to control the West Virginia Legislature for decades. But to the victor belong the spoils. Elections must have consequences or why bother with them?

When Democrats don't win, newspapers break out bottles of whine.

NYT reported, "Since January, judges in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Ohio have found that Republican legislators illegally drew those states’ congressional maps along racial or partisan lines, or that a trial very likely would conclude that they did. In years past, judges who have reached similar findings have ordered new maps, or had an expert draw them, to ensure that coming elections were fair.

"But a shift in election law philosophy at the Supreme Court, combined with a new aggressiveness among Republicans who drew the maps, has upended that model for the elections in November. This time, all four states are using the rejected maps, and questions about their legality for future elections will be hashed out in court later.

"The immediate upshot, election experts say, is that Republicans almost certainly will gain more seats in midterm elections at a time when Democrats already are struggling to maintain their bare majority.

"David Wasserman, who follows congressional redistricting for the Cook Political Report, said that using rejected maps in the four states, which make up nearly 10% of the seats in the House, was likely to hand Republicans five to seven House seats that they otherwise would not have won." 

Not mentioned of course are the congressional maps of California, Illinois and New York. Democrats drew those maps for 95 congressional seats or 22% of Congress.

NYT is upset that the court won't rewrite the electoral maps in Republican states.

NYT said, "Allowing elections using maps rejected by lower courts has been exceedingly rare in the last half-century. The principal instances occurred after the Supreme Court’s one person, one vote ruling in 1964 forced the redrafting of political maps nationwide.

"Politicians have taken notice of the change. In Georgia, the Republican governor, Brian P. Kemp, waited 40 days after the legislature approved a congressional map before signing it into law, leaving a sliver of time for the succeeding court battle."

I wonder if NYT would really like the alternative of tossing out those 4 maps and having congressional candidates all run at large in those states. 

The court is weighing a bigger issue, of course. Buried down in Paragraphs 29 and 30 is this: "There is, however, one other potential explanation for allowing the use of the rejected maps in November. Some election law experts speculate that the court intends to reverse lower-court decisions striking down the Alabama and Louisiana maps after it hears a crucial elections case in October.

"The Voting Rights Act clause invoked in those cases, known as Section Two, is used mostly to pursue racial bias in political maps. Mr. Carvin,  the Jones Day lawyer, said he fully expected the court to take aim at it this term."

Putting racial bias in political maps is unconstitutional. Republicans passed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to make the nation color blind. Democrats resent that.

A century after the Civil War, LBJ's unconstitutional gerrymander of congressional and legislative districts passed by a Democrat Congress declared that Thou Shalt Have Black Districts. 

And 57 years later, NYT complains that Republicans are lumping all the Democrats together. The cognitive dissonance is hilarious.

My prediction is 6 justices will do Democrats a favor and strike down LBJ's law. Democrats will cry racist -- and after the 2030 Census they will be free to spread their wealth of black votes around and gain more seats through redistricting.

The Constitution is a remarkable document. Good things happen when you follow it. Bad things happen when you do not. NYT should read it sometime.

25 comments:

  1. It's only bad when the Repulicans do it, we all know that. You're right, your Constitution is a remarkable document. I understand why the Democrats don't want to follow it when it's not to their advantage. I don't see that changing.

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    1. The NYT can pack sand and get bent. Normal people across the nation don't give a squirt what that rag says, but sadly too many news organizations worship whatever they write.

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    2. Give them some cheese to go with that whine , what goes on in the legislature of a state other than their own is none of their effing business .

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  2. Illinois lost a seat after the 2020 Census so they eliminated a GOP district.

    It was Adam Kinzinger's.

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    1. His only value was adding to the number of Rs in the house. His votes, worthless. His anti-Trump, anti-MAGA, anti-USA positions - good riddance.

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  3. Still, never underestimate the depths dems and their masochistic lovers will stoop to in order to win in november.
    -LG

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  4. The courts only have power if you let them. The legislatures should just say "screw you; our job!"

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    1. That’s what the legislatures should say, but will they?

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  5. Black or White you are a moron if you vote for communism.

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  6. The New York GOP, in a rare display of political savvy, played the redistricting superbly. First, they brought the suit in supreme court (which in New York is the LOWEST state court, comparable to district or superior courts elsewhere) in Steuben County, a GOP stronghold in SW New York. The Republican judge found in their favor, which was not surprising.

    What was surprising, however, was that the judge's decision was upheld at the appellate division, and then (gasp!) by the New York State Court of Appeals (the highest state court) in Albany, 4-3, where all seven members were appointed by Dem governors.
    I guess it was too egregious even for them.

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  7. Well, the LibCommies have still got the BLM/Antofagasta violence thang goin for em….

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  8. The left will continue loudly whining about any small thing that goes against their utopian dreams as long as that works. To date, it has worked and is working.

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  9. In the near future, I wonder how many of the new IRS agents will be auditing republican state legislators and republican appointed judges.

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    1. By the time they get them recruited and trained it’ll be ‘24 and we can reduce their funding. Problem solved.

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    2. I wonder why the IRS needs to have a literal army. I also wonder what other “commie boots” have yet to fall. I think the ruling regime will continue their goal to criminalize and remove from office Republican elected officials and Republican appointed judges.

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  10. I fear we may have to eliminate some of them before 2024 .

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  11. https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/fbi-raids-mar-a-lago-trump-home-currently-under-siege/

    Talk about no one being safe...Dick isn't happy....

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    1. I just saw that. Unbelievable. This is about as low as it gets.

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  12. By far, the most gerrymandered districts in any State are the VRA "majority minority" Districts created by the SCOTUS.

    If any legislature tries to straighten the lines, D's sue and federal courts require the districts be gerrymandered as much as necessary - entirely along racial lines - to ensure a D candidate will always win.

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