One of my all-time favorite quotes is from tennis player Vitas Gerulatis. After losing 16 matches in a row to Jimmy Connors Gerulatis finally picked up a W. In the post-match press conference Gerultais confidently said, “Let that be a lesson to you all, Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.” Apparently, the Wilmington Star-News has the same philosophy on gerrymandering. After 140 years of Democrat gerrymandering and then 6 years of Republican, the Star-News has finally had enough…
As the panel’s ruling put it, this violated “the core principle of republican government … that the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.”
Now the legislators have only until Jan. 29 to come up with new maps that are constitutional. It’s hard to have much pity for them. Lots of bipartisan groups have shown how fair, constitutional districts can be drawn. Now, just shut up and do it already.
I mean, what bravery. After 140 years of Democrats rigging the game the Star-News had the courage to finally come forward after an Appellate court ruled that partisan districting is unconstitutional. They could have voiced their opposition at any time during the Democrats reign of terror or they could have stood up when the Supreme Court time, and time, and time, and time again found partisan maps to be constitutional. That, however, would have been easy. True bravery is following the crowd and changing the rules once the rules have already been set. Courageous, Star-News, courageous.