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  •  I understand. But ballot initiatives... (0+ / 0-)

    means enough voters were aware enough about the issue and convinced enough to vote for the change. To me that says people do care about gerrymandering and unadulterated power grabs.  

    This move won't help McDonnell at all - he gains nothing from it - so if enough of a shitstorm was raised he might figure it's not worth it for his personal aspirations.  

    If folks want to call it insider baseball and shrug their shoulders than surely McDonnell will sign it as there would be no fall out against him.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:04:33 PM PST

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    •  Being divisive and partisan is how you get noticed (3+ / 0-)
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      in the national Republican political sphere. McDonnell wanted to be the VP pick but had no chance because he's such a bland, faceless Republican. Doing this kind of thing will only help his standing among Republican primary voters, and it's not going to hurt him any if he manages to become the nominee 3 1/2 years from now. He'll be out of office next January, he needs to do something to distinguish himself from the rest of the pack. (And better this than his toll deal, which is likely to blow up in the face of his successor.)

    •  Okay let me put it this way (3+ / 0-)
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      Voters care about it as a standalone issue, so when it's on the ballot by itself, redistricting reform typically passes.

      However, voters don't care enough about it for that to overcome their partisan considerations so it makes it very difficult to campaign against a person by attacking them on gerrymandering.  That's why it's inside baseball compared to more tangible issues like whether taxes should go up or down.

      NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

      by sawolf on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:13:32 PM PST

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