How Virginia GOP Spent MLK Day

I simply can’t understand why the Republican Party has a problem with African-American voters, can you?

The state Senate is split 20-20 between Republicans and Democrats. On Monday, while state Sen. Henry Marsh (D) — a 79-year-old civil rights veteran — was reportedly in Washington to attend President Obama’s second inaugural, GOP senators forced through a mid-term redistricting plan that Democrats say will make it easier for Republicans to gain a majority.

With Marsh’s absence, Senate Republicans in Richmond had one more vote than Senate Democrats and could push the measure through. The new redistricting map revises the districts created under the 2011 map and would take effect before the next state Senate elections in Virginia and would redraw district lines to maximize the number of safe GOP seats.

Apparently nobody — even the Republican governor — knew this was coming. Oh, but it gets better:

…after using the absence of civil rights leader Marsh to push through the legislative changes, the Senate adjourned in honor of a well-known Confederate general.

“On motion of Senator Stosch, the Senate adjourned in memory or [sic] General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson at 4:10 p.m. to convene Tuesday, January 22, 2013,” read the official minutes of the legislative day.

Lovely way to spend MLK Day, Virginia Republicans. Redraw district lines in the Republicans’ favor, then adjourn in honor of a Confederate general. Nope, can’t imagine why the GOP has problems with minority voters at all.

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12 responses to “How Virginia GOP Spent MLK Day

  1. Charles

    The Republican strategy is to make sure, through creative redistricting, that they get the maximum number of House seats in each of the swing states. Then they will have the state legislatures in those states change the method of choosing electors to one where the electors (for the Electoral College) are chosen by congressional district, rather than at-large. That will assure them of a near-permanent control of the White House so they can completely ruin the country.

    • They’ve already done that in Pennsylvania. Because under the new demographics, Republicans can’t win elections without cheating. This may buy them a few more presidential elections but they’ve ultimately lost the war. And this will bite them on the ass in the future. No “good” deed goes unpunished, karmically speaking.

  2. This re-districting eliminated the district of one of our best Democrats, Sen. Creigh Deeds.

  3. Mary Wilson

    Bastards. I guess the FEMALE voters of this Commonwealth will have to show up in large numbers in all these new districts and make their presence known. And no one can convince me that the Governor, the hater of women…and Eric Cantor did not “KNOW THIS WAS COMING”!
    The few times the cameras showed Cantor yesterday, he looked so puzzled you would have thought our President had been giving his beautiful civil rights speech in Russian.
    Nope. They didn’t win with voter suppression and their absolute refusal to admit that the Union won or that Romney the Mormon hater of the poor and black people LOST. And they won’t win this one either.

  4. As sleazy as it is, I wouldn’t put too much stock in the vote. The republicans only acted because they couldn’t count on a vote from their Lt. Governor, also a republican. While McDonnell and Bolling have said they weren’t aware that this vote would come up (yea), the move will probably derail many things (votes) on McDonnell’s agenda. More importantly, while it will probably be challenged in court, it will also be reviewed by the US DOJ who I suspect, will not look favorably on it. I believe Virginia’s constitution only allows re-districting every ten years. Since this just occurred in 2011, it will be looked upon as a “suppressive reach.”

    Lastly, this is what happens when you get your daily talking points via e-mail etc. from the RNC. It’s rather obvious and akin to Custer’s Last Stand. Throw something at the wall and hope it sticks. Doesn’t matter. The republicans could gerrymander every square inch of Virginia and it still wouldn’t matter. The US House is only 1/2 of one branch of government. It’s become quite obvious by now that certified nuts would not be as capable of getting elected to the Senate. But……they have to go somewhere. Hell seems like a warm place in the winter.

    • I wondered how they could do what they called a “midterm redistricting,” since they just did that. I figured they wouldn’t have tried it if there wasn’t some constitutionally-valid way to get away with it.

  5. Min

    Ye gods, these people are reprehensible.

  6. democommie

    “I figured they wouldn’t have tried it if there wasn’t some constitutionally-valid way to get away with it.”

    Two words, “School prayer”. Just because it’s unconstitutional (and they’ve been slapped around by the federal courts EVERY time they’ve tried it) doesn’t mean it won’t buy votes.

  7. Depressing… Some Red staes are not only redistricting, they’re trying to change Electoral College system now. Can they actually do that? It’s almost evil.

    • It works in their favor now that people are leaving the suburbs for urban areas. But in 10-15 years when that trend reverses and the hippies start moving back to the country again, how much do you want to bet that whatever’s left of the GOP suddenly remembers why apportioned electoral votes are a bad idea? Snort.

      I just don’t see this as a viable strategy for the GOP long-term. The problem is their ideas don’t work. And rigging the system doesn’t change that. It just postpones the inevitable.

      • Charles

        Given the economic state of the country and the long-term nature of these population trends, the Republicans could lock in the House and the White House for the next 15-20 years. By that time, there might not be much left of the country.

      • I don’t think the GOP can cheat itself into the White House that easily or for that long. I just read somewhere that a Republican state senator has come out against her fellow Republicans’ sneaky redistricting maneuver and the Governor is now coming out against it. This stuff is too toxic.

        I just refuse to panic about GOP ratfucking. They will always try to cheat and steal, and we must always be on the alert for their shenanigans and condemn them when it surfaces but the big lesson of the last election was that these efforts backfired. Attempts to disenfranchise African Americans angered and motivated them. Attacks on women angered and motivated those voters. There’s been a change.