DEMOCRATS WILL PAY
Texas Governor Rick Perry expects his party to win big as a result of the shenanigans of the Democratic legislators that hid out in neighboring states to prevent the redistricting vote:
“Democrats will pay the price with voters” for their tactics, Mr. Perry told editors and reporters in a meeting at The Washington Times.
Yesterday, the state Senate approved on an 18-12 vote a redistricting map similar to one passed earlier by the state House, ending a four-month battle in a decisive defeat for the Democrats.
Mr. Perry said Texas Democrats’ flight to avoid a quorum was a violation of the state constitution, “which clearly states” that legislators must stay put in Austin and do their jobs.
“Six months from now, voters won’t remember the issue was redistricting but will remember that Democrats didn’t show up for work,” he said.
He’s almost certainly right on this. What he misses, though, is that Republicans will be paying for this nationwide for decades to come: The precedent has now been set that, if a new party gains control of the legislature, it can immediately draw new district lines to favor it rather than waiting until the next Census. While I think there were some reasonable technical reasons for their actions, this is not going to be a good long-term result.