One of the great problems with Perriello staying in office (there are many) is the problem of redistricting. Some of you may have heard of the term gerrymandering. Basically after a census there is a process whereby the district is redrawn to favor whoever is in power at the time. I don’t know all the ins and outs but in almost never works out to favor the Republic. (notice I didn’t say “Republicans”) Every time this happens we further slice up the Constitution. We further destroy the nation God ordained that the founders helped to form. One of my great concerns in 2008 was the absolute power that Obama would have if elected because I knew that they Democrats would have all 3 branches of government. I voted against Obama by pushing the button for McCain. I held my nose and did everything I could not to throw up as I was walking out. The results of the 2008 election were a result of the failures of leadership at the GOP. It was this same failure that twisted arms that got us a Primary and led to the “Remember Appomattox” cry. It was this same failure that has us in the SAME position as we were in 2 years ago when we had to hold our nose. It was Tucker Watkins and his establishment goons that got us to this day. Despite our best efforts there were just too many candidates to take on the “machine” of fiefdom politics. While we can count replacing 11 unit chairs and the chairman as a win, we are left with a lingering bloody defeat.
Recently on Facebook Tucker Watkins said the following in response to another person:
You have no idea how redistricting was done ten years ago in Virginia and will likely be done this year. First the House of Delegates does theirs, the Senate theirs and the congressmen decide almost all of the congressional redistricting. Just look at ten years ago. Speaker Wilkins’s team went to maximize the number of GOP seats and were … See Moreable to have 19 new GOP delegates in the following election. The Senate was strictly incumbent protection with lines redrawn to protect those already in office. Best example, southwest Virginia where Democrat counties and GOP counties were traded between Wampler and Puckett to make both safer. Emily Couric’s district,later Creigh Deed’s was the same even though she then was very ill and would not serve another term. It was protection time.
Neither house by tradition messes with the other houses redistricting.
Now to the congressional seats. The three northern Virginia congressmen, Davis,Wolfe and Moran, got together and made all of the districts safer for themselves. Most of the other congressmen met and did the same, with no regard to anything but improving each seat.
“”In 2011 when the census numbers come in, if Perriello is in the seat, the 5th can say goodbye to solid GOP areas like the rest of Bedford which will go into the 6th and we will get Emporia and Greensville and the rest of Brunswick counties, places Forbes would love to let go. That would just be a start. The district will be 5- 10 points more democratic and you will be guaranteeing the reelection of Perriello or his like for at least 10 more years. You would be making two GOP congressmen very happy and that would cement the deal. To believe otherwise would be to ignore history,tradition and the desires of all the congressmen. If Hurt is in the seat, it will be very different and if you are unhappy with him at that point you will have a chance to beat him in the nomination process. So if you want Tommy or a like person in the seat for the next twelve years, continue down the path you are on.” ~ Tucker Watkins Former 5th District GOP Chair
So we have
Option A: Take a principled stand; Vote for Jeff Clark and see Perriello return to D.C.
Option B: Be a good “party voter” and support an establishment candidate that will do whatever the party tells him and MAYBE send Perriello home.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I do know that I don’t like the outcome either way. Thanks Tucker.