Single Basket Politics
Kos has a post up on the Republicanization of Texas, aka, "the affect of blatent partisan redistricting". While all gerrymandering stands justly accused of partisan corruption, Delay still managed to make his stand out by doing it in an off year, in 2003, just a couple years after a redistricting already favorable to Republicans, breaking the at-least-one-restraint of redistricting only every 10 years.
Kos says, "Thanks to DeLay's gerrymandering of Texas, the state now has no clout in the Democratic-led legislature." and "Thanks to DeLay, Texas now has zip. Zero. Nada.", and quotes from this article at Dallas News .
The point is very interesting, the idea, as quoted from the Dallas News article, Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, "Tom DeLay and Rick Perry's redistricting efforts gutted Texas. ... I hope that's a lesson that no one, neither party, should ever put pure partisan interest above the interest of Texas." Like a single issue group, a state is perhaps wise to have connections in both parties. Texas, is now heavilly invested in Republican success. As those Representatives do get more experience, they will have great power when Republicans are in control, but will it be worth it to be powerless otherwise?
Will the affect smooth out as the Democrats that do remain get seniority? Is the problem only that the redictricting defeated long standing Democrats, replacing them with less senior Representatives? Or is there a fundamental problem with tipping the scales? The subject is interesting to me because it comports with my idea that to have a truly strong system one needs representatives from multiple perspectives, though in this case it is less ideological and more about the sport of politic.