Are rank-and-file Republicans as corrupt as their “leaders”?

…Redistricting debate — over how aggressively Republicans should try to eliminate the remaining Democratic enclaves in red states — is playing out in cities across the upper South and Midwest. Local Republicans, eager to grow their numbers in Congress and provide launching pads for ambitious state legislators, might be more inclined to carve up those blue pockets. But others in the GOP are wary of a rapid and unpredictable political realignment that complicates the drawing of new maps — and the threat of the legal behemoth Democrats have assembled to counter them.

Unabashed partisan gerrymandering that was commonplace after 2010 is now giving some Republicans pause. Top party strategists are urging state mapmakers to play it safe and draw lines that can withstand demographic change throughout the decade and lawsuits.

“There’s an old saying: Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.). “And when it comes to redistricting, that is, in fact, the case.”

I hope this is as true as it reads. What I see from my semi-rural home in northern New Mexico – looking out at the rest of this nation – is a Republican Party unabashedly greedy…and Democrats complacent as well-fed piggies waiting for the slaughterhouse.

5 thoughts on “Are rank-and-file Republicans as corrupt as their “leaders”?

  1. Arnie Reisman says:

    The “Gerry-Mander” cartoon first appeared in the Boston Gazette, March 26, 1812, and was quickly reprinted in Federalist newspapers in Salem (this copy is from the Salem Gazette from April 2, 1813) and Boston. The cartoon expressed opposition to state election districts newly redrawn by Massachusetts’ Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican Party, led by Governor Elbridge Gerry. Fearing that the Federalist Party would gain power in the 1812 election, Gerry consolidated Federalist voting strength in a salamander-shaped voting district. The practice—though not invented by Gerry—became known as a “gerrymandering. See https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/where-did-term-gerrymander-come-180964118/

  2. Playing4keeps says:

    “This is gerrymandering at its worst. It doesn’t have to be this way.” [interactive – keep scrolling down] Washington Post Feb 4, 2022 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/interactive/2022/gerrymandering-examples-north-carolina-illinois-alabama-texas-how-to-fix/
    (Jan 21, 2022): “With control of the U.S. House at stake in November, the New Mexico Republican Party filed a lawsuit in state court Friday over a new congressional map signed into law last month by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
    The lawsuit, also filed by seven other plaintiffs, argues the Democratic-backed map redrawing the boundaries of New Mexico’s three congressional districts for the next decade intentionally chops up Republican voting strongholds. https://www.abqjournal.com/2463334/nm-republican-party-files-lawsuit-over-new-congressional-map.html
    (Feb 2, 2022) “A proposed constitutional amendment that would remove the New Mexico Legislature from the controversial process of drawing new election districts for legislative and congressional seats wasn’t quite ready for its first vote, lawmakers decided Wednesday.” https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/redistricting-legislation-gets-first-hearing/article_3b484c18-8437-11ec-8ac6-b33ea03dcf71.html

  3. Potemkin village says:

    ‘Taking the Voters Out of the Equation’: How the Parties Are Killing Competition https://news.yahoo.com/taking-voters-equation-parties-killing-155700496.html
    “The number of competitive congressional districts is on track to dive near — and possibly below — the lowest level in at least three decades, as Republicans and Democrats draw new political maps designed to ensure that the vast majority of House races are over before the general election starts.
    With two-thirds of the new boundaries set, mapmakers are on pace to draw fewer than 40 seats — out of 435 — that are considered competitive based on the 2020 presidential election results, according to a New York Times analysis of election data. Ten years ago that number was 73.
    While the exact size of the battlefield is still emerging, the sharp decline of competition for House seats is the latest worrying sign of dysfunction in the U.S. political system, which is already struggling with a scourge of misinformation and rising distrust in elections. Lack of competition in general elections can widen the ideological gulf between the parties, leading to hardened stalemates on legislation and voters’ alienation from the political process.”

  4. Divide and rule says:

    Florida Supreme Court rejects Gov. DeSantis’ redistricting push https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/10/desantis-redistricting-florida-supreme-court-00007799
    Florida’s current and proposed congressional districts (interactive) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/11/desantis-florida-redistricting/
    How redistricting is shaping the 2022 U.S. House map (interactive) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/redistricting-tracker-map/

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