Vindication of DeLay in Texas redistricting

NY Times:

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a broad challenge to Texas's controversial Congressional redistricting plan, giving a victory to the Republican Party and the architect of the plan, Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader.

But at the same time, the court ruled that the Texas Legislature violated the Voting Rights Act in redrawing a particular district in southwestern Texas when it adopted the plan in 2003. The Legislature had carved up Laredo, removing 100,000 Mexican-Americans and adding an Anglo population from the Hill Country to shore up the faltering prospects of the Republican incumbent.

The decision means that a Federal District Court in Texas will now have to redraw the boundaries of that district and the surrounding ones. The district court is likely to act in time for the midterm Congressional elections in November, as it did almost exactly 10 years ago when faced with an earlier Supreme Court decision that called for a rapid response.

But it is not clear whether the change back to a Latino majority in the district would enable the Democrats to defeat the incumbent, Henry Bonilla, who received only 8 percent of the district's Latino vote in 2002, the court's decision said.


In political terms, the ruling was something of a vindication for Mr. DeLay, who stepped down from his leadership post and resigned from Congress this year after being indicted last year in Texas on charges of illegally routing campaign contributions to Texas Republicans. His indictment was related to his effort to win control of the Texas Legislature in 2002; it was that development that allowed the redistricting to go forward, helping Republicans to win six additional House seats in Texas in 2004.


It also has to be a disappointment to partisan prosecuter Ronnie Earle who indicted DeLay because of his efforts to elect Texas legislators to redraw the bondaries that the court just upheld. The indictment was the Texas Democrat revenge for losing powr and is based on a flimly legal theory that has so far been mainly rejected by the Texas courts. Where the indictment has been upheld, Earle has little to no proof against DeLay, but he has done political damage to DeLay forces him to step down as speaker and now from arace for reelection. All of this on the basis of a trumped up charge after doing some grand jury shopping.

Earle is part of the Democrats' who turn political differences into criminal offenses. That seems to be the Democrat way. Denying them power through the democratic process to these Democrats is a criminal offense. You can see it also in the Rush Limbaugh case and the glee with which they greeted evidence that Viagra was found in his luggage which they took as evidence of some association with little girls in the Dominican Repubilic where he had visited with some of his cigar smoking buddies. The fact that they would even know that was a place to go for underage sex tells you something about those making the charge, because most of the rest of the world does not have a need to know that information.


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