Sickening Redistricting Proposal, 2013 Edition

By Lloyd the Idiot

Don’t get me wrong, I think the Dems did some outrageous things and, frankly, violated the state constitution in setting the senatorial districts in 2011.  Look at Barbara Favola’s district, for example.  It’s primarily composed of precincts in Arlington, yet meanders through Great Falls all the way into Loudoun.  How that comports with the constitutional requirement for “compact” districts can only be explained by despicable, crass party politics.  At any rate, the Republicans lost unfair and square.

As despicable as the 2011 redistricting was, what the Republicans are doing now is arguably worse.  The Republicans, having lost that bitter battle in 2011, are now moving a plan for off-cycle redistricting.  Again, not quite sure this one is constitutional either, but, regardless, think of the precedent it sets.  Now, every time the chamber changes control, every district could be revamped — just as a means of ensuring the majority party remains the majority party.

Politics at its worst.


  • For his part, Gov. McDonnell’s office says he was “surprised” by the vote. Hopefully, that translates into a veto should the measure pass the House.

  • NateDogg614 says:

    Yeah, didn’t hear about this until my drive in this morning. I agree with LI, as bad as the Senate redistricting was in 2011, I really can’t support this move and I have grave concerns about the precedent that it sets.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    Lloyd, you nailed the real problem with this move. Clearly the intent of the law stating that the districts will be reevaluted once every ten years is that it should ONLY happen once every ten years not at a minimum. I am hopeful that McDonnell sees the longterm problem with this move.

  • Even the guys at Bearing Drift say this stinks. And that’s sayin’ somethin’

  • NateDogg614 says:

    I think McDonnell might very well do so. The primary focus right now is the transportation proposal — and that isn’t going to get through the Senate, I don’t think without some bi-partisan support.

    But, we’ll see how it all plays out.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Nate, Lloyd wrote this, not me, but I agree absolutely. This is so frigging ridiculous yet so typical of the arrogant shitheads in Richmond. If they had any common sense they would be ashamed. But they don’t.

  • NateDogg614 says:

    Yes, quite right. Sorry about that. But yes, political opportunism strikes again. Assuming for the moment that it goes through, I hope there are no unintended consequences, such as this pushing Bolling into an Indie bid or derailing the Governor’s efforts. Time will tell.

  • BlackOut says:

    I’d like to know who told Dick Black he needed to vote for this?

    Also, the audacity to make this move on a national holiday MLK day. And then close the meeting in honor of Stonewall Jackson.

    Nothing against the General, he is one of my favorite historical figures, but come on! Are they totally brain dead thinking this would slide past national review.

    Also, I have a hard time believing McDonnell didn’t know about this. He’s using ignorance as a cover, again. This is his latest ultrasound moment.

  • Cato the Elder says:

    Dirty? Yes. Do I give a shit? No.

    Good to see at least some Republicans have the balls to adopt Democrat tactics and turn the tables.

  • BlackOut says:

    Waaaa…but they did it!

  • NateDogg614 says:

    “Good to see at least some Republicans have the balls to adopt Democrat tactics and turn the tables.”

    And that, of course, is the other way of looking at this situation.

  • Ellie Lockwood says:

    At least “thank you” for the tip of your hat to the stupidity of Sen. Favola. I claim to have moved out of Arlington to get away from Favola and “Moron” and got Favola right back.

    This deal works for me. It’s what the Dems deserve.

  • Eric the half a troll says:

    “This deal works for me. It’s what the Dems deserve”

    So you will be fine with it when (not if) the tables are turned. Oh, and don’t expect a lot of help from Dems on the transportation plan you all wish to pass.

  • Dan says:

    “Good to see at least some Republicans have the balls to adopt Democrat tactics and turn the tables.”

    Except that this isn’t a Democratic tactic. It is a Republican tactic. At least the only time I am aware of it ever being done before it was done by Republicans.

    Tom Delay (that oh so charming felon who now resides in the Commonwealth) oversaw a second redistricting in Texas a while back setting the precedent for endless redistricting battles rather than the once every ten years event called for in the Constitution. I thought at the time that that was an appalling precedent but had hoped it was a one off by a genuine slimeball rather than the beginning of constant redistricting. Alas, I was wrong.

    There are many procedures I would change if it were in my power. Some, like hyper-partisan redistricting are practiced equivalently by both parties with only the scripts changing based on who happens to hold the advantage at a particular moment. So whining by either side seems to me to be a bit hypocritical. But for Republicans to characterize this as “turning the tables” is beyond hypocritical because the only party that has done the redo after the required redistricting is the Republican Party. And they may come to regret it as it may well come back to bite them in the ass.

    Governor McDonnell has indicated he is not pleased with this. Let’s hope he puts a stop to it. Potentially redrawing districts between every election is a very bad idea.

  • Joe Budzinski says:

    Hear hear. I agree with Cato.

  • Timberwolf says:

    Cato is right! Even our Prez has used legislative tactics against his own citizens.

  • Git er right says:

    I agree with Joe.

    And today we get a potential change to our electoral system. There’s a part of me that hopes this passes too. It would assure a Dem sweep this year!

  • BlackOut says:

    Well there you go! Congratulations to the VA GOP for once again garnering national ridicule. Our glorious Senate republicans get skewered here:—virginia-state-senate-republicans

  • Xerxes says:

    Except Colbert lied. The Stonewall Jackson tribute was a single speech by DEMOCRATIC CREIGHTARD Creigh Deeds

  • Cato the Elder says:

    BrownEye tells lies? Say it ain’t so!

  • BlackOut says:

    Ahh, let it slide it seems so poetic. It’s a comedy channel anyway not the nightly news.

  • Elder Berry says:

    This could be the start of very ugly game unless McDonnell has a brain in his head and vetoes it.

  • Scout says:

    This is a symptom of terminal illness in the Republican Party in Virginia. They are running away from the citizens and the electorate, spending energy on trying to figure out ways to win without a majority, as opposed to finding candidates, policies, and programs that will appeal to a majority. The proposal for reallocating the electoral vote is even worse. Someone with a three digit IQ needs to step in here.

  • Independent voter says:

    I have long been in favor of using the popular vote to determine who wins an election. This manipulation of districts is awful, no matter which party is doing it.

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