"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Stephen Spruiell on Texas Redistricting on National Review Online

Stephen Spruiell on Texas Redistricting on National Review Online: The redrawing of "the electoral map in Texas to remedy years of Democrat gerrymandering, which even liberal justice Stephen Breyer called 'much worse' than the new map. Or as Justice Antonin Scalia put it, 'There is less divergence [under the new map] than the old map -- it just happens to go in favor of the majority.'"

Nina Perales an attorney for G.I. Forum, argued that only there was only a '"razor-thin" majority of Hispanic voters in Texas congressional district 23," to which she added, "might be a nominal majority, she argued, but it was not enough to allow Latinos to elect their candidate of choice."

"Chief Justice John Roberts asked, if 51 percent is not enough to elect their candidate of choice, what's the magic number the Court should use as a standard to guide it through these cases in the future." According to Perales, in response, "the number would be different for each district."

The battle will likely continue, but the redistricting defensible thus far.


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