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September 03, 2003

Republicans Rampage, Democrats Hide

Something stinks in Texas. The more we pay attention to California, the more distracted we get from a phenomenal drama about that old subject, redistricting and race. The Texas Senators in Exile in New Mexico remain in a standoff against the quorum necessary for the Republican majority to force an unscheduled redistricting.

"Republicans are trying to have it both ways," says Zack Exley, MoveOn's organizing director. "They're trying to make this very strong appeal to Latinos to get some voters to switch over and vote for Spanish-speaker George W. Bush, but then at the same time they're blatantly trying to disenfranchise Hispanic voters in Texas to solidify the Republican grip on Congress.

Salon's Michelle Goldberg has all the details.

As a Republican, I find it fascinating how this party, with all the strategic moves is setting itself up for great clashes. If it is to maintain its status as the majority party, it will be forced to accomodate its new members. Unless they, like blacks who have heretofore joined, tried to change things, got frustrated and quit, latinos may have to force a series of showdowns within the party.

How borglike is Republican assimilation? This is part of the question Arnold will be answering.

Posted by mbowen at September 3, 2003 09:13 AM

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No doubt you've covered this somewhere, but why are you a Republican?

Posted by: ogged at September 3, 2003 01:19 PM

I've fisked Ms. Goldberg's piece, which is frankly as amazing for the admissions it makes as for its absence of evidence of discriminatory intent or effect:

Posted by: Beldar at September 10, 2003 08:32 PM