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  •  Practical effects of this highly predictable (10+ / 0-)

    decision are painfully apparent.  Only mild surprise was calling for Congress to create preclearance maps instead of expressly striking them down.  It had the same practical effect--it just looks a little less offensive.

    As I already noted, the C.J. is DC's reigning  master of 11-sided chess.  As I also noted, there's a direct line leading from the patently indefensible stay in B v. G to this decision today.  Then, the states' rights advocates struck down a decision that my state's highest court issued on a question of state law.  Now, the states' rights advocates are back on more familiar ground.  Their fundamental bias in favor of restricting the franchise remains, however.

    They have the power, and they're not the least bit shy in using it.  All the rest is detail.  As was demonstrated in Dred Scott, Plessy, and the various decisions striking down New Deal legislation, the SCOTUS often acts as a political body, and it's clearly following that lineage now.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 10:11:45 AM PDT

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    •  yet, the demographic landslide continues (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, Mokurai

      The GOP is masters of long games and planning and
      11 dimensional chess, but, their base is getting older and whiter, the electorate at a whole is getting younger and browner.

      I think if they can't get out of that trap, no amount of gerrymandering will make it easier.

      By becoming more of a southern party, the GOP will become even less competitive at the national level.

      The GOP is a Southern party with strength in the Mountain states.

      the Dems are a New England, West coast party with strength in the Midwest.  

      if the GOP buckles in the Midwest, which is younger and browner, how do they compete?

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