Matt Angle–one of the smartest and certainly the hardest-working guy in Texas politics–hit me with one of those factoids which is both obvious and hard to believe at the same time.
As mandated by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Congressional districts are redrawn by each state legislature in the year following the decennial census. Or, in the case of Texas in 2002, whenever Tom DeLay and Tom Craddick got the hankering. Although DeLay’s 02 travesty of justice was an outlier in the art of gerrymandering, there is not surprisingly partisan squabbling that follows these things. Although the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of the constitutionality of any particular map, the Justice Department is the last word in practically all redistricting cases.
What Matt reminded me is that since the passage of the VRA, there has never been a Democratic Attorney General in office in a redistricting year. As if the stakes for this election needed to be any higher.