Monday, June 12, 2006


Creating some political insurance

I think this editorial in the WSJ is pretty good. However, I don' think they have it right. In some sense the editorial points out that the Republicans are going to try and take advantage of the gerrymandering opportunity just as much as the Democrats. Then they call on the Republicans to hold strong. To think that they will not take the opportunity to flex their political muscles on their own turf and ensure greater political insurance (assurance) for incumbents seems rather counter intuitive.

In this particular move, i.e. the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, both sides can hide behind the veil of inequality while furthering their own political agenda and Congressional lifespan.

I like this editorial because it comments so much on the unseen and the unintended consequences of legislation and political action.

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