Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was out of line in using only half of the Sam Francis phrase, when he said the Republican Party was the stupid party….the rest of that sentence is “and the Democrat Party is the evil party.” One should never be used without the other. Having said that, one must wonder why the Republicans continue to self inflict political wounds one right after another.
We learned a couple of weeks ago that Virginia Republicans mimicked the move of Senate Democrats, as they timed the redistricting bill when certain Democrats would be absent for the vote to pass. The Senate Republicans gave themselves some districts that would help in the upcoming elections. Sound slick? The Dems did exactly that in 2011 and this bill would have corrected that.
If one assumes that Speaker Howell wants Republicans to win seats in the Legislature, this bill would have helped. However, he pulled it back demonstrating once again that Howell Republicans will find a way to hand the Democrats victories in return for a pat on the back and a loud “aata boy.” Well, Speaker Howell deprived some of us our moment of delight to see that some Republicans somewhere in this new political atmosphere made a bold attempt to correct some of the damage the evil Party has perpetrated. I hope the smart ones that put the redistricting bill forward will find a way to get it done and they deserve the support of their fellow citizens for trying….We are taking names!