Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Have they no shame?

For the life of me, I can't understand why Rick Perry and his minions insist on dragging out this redistricting battle.

It should be clear to everyone by now that this extends beyond Democrat vs. Republican fighting. The fact that Sen. Bill Ratliff has said he won't vote for a redistricting plan, and the fact that there may be even more Republicans opposed to it should be enough to alert even the most partisan Republican that this is something that folks just don't want.

Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead, I guess. I suspect that if
this redistricting battle weren't being fought under the aegis of
"quotas for Republicans," we might actually see a plan pass both the
the house and the Senate. Of course, without the political motivation,
I suppose we wouldn't even be here in the first place.

Perry et. al. may think they're doing the right thing, as they are
probably surrounded only by people who think it is the right thing.
But this could backfire big. I can just see the campaign ads now:
"While problems with our schools went untouched, Rick Perry spent
millions of taxpayer dollars fighting a partisan battle for D.C.
demagogues. Rick Perry -- Bad For Texas."

But gross overreaching seems to be the in thing among Republicans
these days. It's not enough to invade one country ... two (and
counting) is better. It's not enough to pass a tax plan that does
nothing to stimulate growth ... make it permanent! And it's not enough
to control the Presidency, the House, the Senate and the entire state
of Texas ... we need a one-party rule!

Give them enough rope, indeed.


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