Sunday, March 05, 2006
Texas congressional districts
Between the Civil War and Reagan, Texas was a solid Democrat state. It voted for Kennedy in '60 and Carter in '76. Texas was instrumental in giving JFK his 140,000 popular vote victory. In '76, it put Carter over the top in the Electoral College.
Things began to change in 1980, as they did in much of the South. Today, Texas is they foundation of the Republican south and west.
Sour grape Democrats are now arguing before the Supreme Court that the Republicans have drawn up districts to favor them.
Yes, they have. In fact, they have done the same thing that Democrats did for years.
Horace Cooper is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University School of Law. He has just written an article on this subject:
"The GOP received upwards of 55% of all Congressional votes cast throughout the 1990’s even though they held fewer than 40% of Congressional seats.
How was it possible that Democrats could hold a near supermajority of Congressional seats in the midst of a GOP upswing state-wide?
One word: gerrymandering.
The Almanac of American politics called the state’s map the “shrewdest gerrymander of the 1990s.” (http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/HoraceCooper/2006/03/04/188502.html)
The issue is now before the Supreme Court. My guess is that the Court will reject the claim. The liberals should stop whining and start winning elections!
Posted by Silvio Canto, Jr. Post Link ---> 6:17 AM
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