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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Interesting twist

In normal times, you might be tempted to say "hurray," with word that the Supreme Court will take a look at the shenanigans that comprised the last Texas congressional redistricting. No not the dramatics of legislators leaving the state or even the payoffs that have 'ol Termite Tommy in the dock.

The high court is going to take a look at the question of whether the Voting Rights Act was violated by cutting up districts to make it easier for a midstream putsch to install more Republicans in the House. And as one of the parties proclaimed "When you set out to hammer the Democrats, it's going to be difficult to do that without hammering minorities' rights as well."

But there's no guarantees here under the GOP interpretation of the Constitution. Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department thought everything was just fine. The Supreme Court is basically unchanged since its venture into partisan electoral politics with its convoluted Bush v. Gore decision.

And waiting in the wings, perhaps in time to cast a decisive vote is Samuel Alito, You know, the guy who questioned the correctness of Baker v. Carr, the "reapportionment" decision.

By the time we're through with this one, Iraq could have a better example of a model democracy. And you know what they say about justice DeLayed in justice denied.


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