No doubt Virginia Senate Republicans consider themselves brilliant political tacticians after seizing the Inauguration Day absence of a Democrat in the evenly divided chamber to force through a redistricting plan highly favorable to their party. But it also exposed a contempt for the legitimate redistricting process and their insecurities about Virginia voter preferences."A party that values its power more highly than the interests of those it was elected to serve can't be attractive for long." That's it in a =ahem= nut-shell. Well said, sir.
The concept of public interest was a small but necessary sacrifice to ensure the perpetuation of the GOP’s preeminence in Virginia politics. Apparently skeptical of its continuing appeal, the party is pursuing off-cycle realignment to achieve what it couldn’t at the polls.
Ironically, the strategy illustrates why the GOP has cause to worry. A party that values its power more highly than the interests of those it was elected to serve can’t be attractive for long. The House of Delegates and the governor should prevent this bill from becoming law.
James A. Lindsay Jr., Arlington
Friday, January 25, 2013
Letters We Wish We'd Written Dept.
once-great Washington Post Kaplan Daily, a reader writes to comment on the recent action by Rethuglicans in the Virginia Senate to do some redistricting hanky-panky: