The Democrats had two big election rigging agendas for 2020.
One was expanding ballot harvesting and remote voting in various ways that would allow them to steal elections. That part worked really well.
The other part, redistricting, was very much a mixed bag. With not all that much in the bag for Eric Holder who made that his big issue. The former Obama AG collected a lot of resources with not much to show for it. But Democrats are also busy making a point of demonstrating that they don’t oppose partisan redistricting. In fact they want it, when they’re the ones in charge.
Here’s a little buyer’s remorse from Colorado where Dems agreed to non-partisan redistricting back when they thought Republicans would be running the state, and now they want partisan redistricting back.
In 2018, when Colorado Republicans and Democrats worked together to send Amendments Y and Z to voters in an attempt to tamp down the partisanship in the once-in-a-decade redistricting process, the state’s political landscape looked a lot different.
The GOP controlled the state Senate, a U.S. Senate seat and the offices of treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general.
Flash forward to today and Colorado’s purple political hue has faded to blue. And now, as new 2022 legislative and congressional maps are being drawn, a number of Democrats are privately — and some publicly — kicking themselves that they allowed the constitutional amendments to advance, ceding redistricting power as the party secured more political control than they’ve had since 1936.
Remember that thing we argued for on principle, it was only back when we were hoping to weaken Republicans.
This is the famous, “Democracy is a streetcar, and when you get to your destination, you get off” model that totalitarians, whether leftist, fascist, or Islamist embrace.
“We’re (expletive) idiots,” said one Democratic state lawmaker, who asked to remain anonymous to speak frankly about the situation.
All that’s left is arguing that what they formerly claimed was fair, is now unfair.
“I think maps that don’t reflect the fact that voters here have validated Democratic candidates and Democratic policies are inherently unfair,” said Laura Chapin, a Democratic strategist. “I am not the least bit interested in a 4-4 (congressional) split in Colorado that does not reflect the will of the voters and helps Republicans win the (U.S.) House back in 2022.”
So the old maps that validated the will of Republican voters were bad, but letting Democrats draw the maps would be fair. Why is that?
This is the same dynamic that happens when Democrats lose one legislative house, but hold on to the other one. When Republicans hold the Senate, it’s a slave institution that disenfranchises minorities. But when Democrats hold the Senate, it’s the voice of moderation. When Republicans hold the House, it’s a dangerous populist institution, but when Democrats hold it, it embodies democracy.
(Likewise, when Dems challenge election results, it’s democracy, when Republicans do, it’s sedition.)
She admits that Democrats were operating under a different political reality in 2018 when Amendments Y and Z were placed on the ballot and that “hindsight is 20/20.”
This is the same game Dems played with the filibuster or with court-packing. Everything is entirely determined by whether they have more power or not.
The moment the Dems become the minority party, the filibuster will suddenly become the sacred icon of democracy and anyone undermining it is worse than Hitler.
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