Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gerrymandering - No Big Deal?

The silence in response to George Will's column on gerrymandering is deafening. That could be because he comes across as an angry old "get off my lawn" guy, angrily shaking his cane at pretty much everybody he can identify. It could be because he spends too much time dissecting a Supreme Court decision, something that seems to make pretty much everybody's eyes glaze over, rather than putting the issues into clear terms. It could be because he focuses unduly, and perhaps obsessively, upon the racial elements of gerrymandering while ignoring its larger effect on the electoral process - compare his relatively even keel when discussing the Supreme Court's review of redistricting in Texas.

But I suspect that the actual reason is that most people don't care about gerrymandering.

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