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In the past year, the former Attorney General of former U.S. President Barack Obama, Eric Holder, has developed a gerrymandering strategy in which he aggressively gerrymanders state legislative districts and state congressional districts throughout the nation.
The Wall Street Journal reported Holder’s success was a result of his “sue to blue” strategy after Obama was destroyed in the 2010 redistricting cycle. Under the National Democratic Redistricting Committee that Holder was responsible for creating, Holder was reportedly instrumental in reducing the aggressiveness of Republican legislatures by developing a plan under its auspices.
According to reports, Holder has aggressively used the court system to create gerrymandered state maps – and then accuse Republicans of gerrymandering their way to victory:“gerrymandered” — all the while accusing Republicans of gerrymandering their way to victory:
Any number of state and federal judges intervened and redrew maps to favor Democrats.
The result is that some state Republican parties are pulling their punches. Tired of getting dragged into drawn-out litigation, sick of being branded Jim Crow, and wary courts might choose to impose their own maps, many GOP state lawmakers this round chose to focus on shoring up their own districts, rather than pushing into Democratic territory.
That didn’t stop Democrats from litigating those maps anyway, as well as more aggressive GOP products—pulling courts into fights in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and even Alabama.
In the coming months, approximately 75 congressional districts in roughly seven states will be finalized in courtrooms around the nation as a result of the Democrats’ litigious game plan, Politico reported.
“Taken together, the court interventions have eased Democratic fears about redistricting as they sweat over a tough midterm political environment,” Politico acknowledged. “So far, the decisions have validated the party’s state-by-state legal strategy and, critically, offered a surprising reprieve from several Republican gerrymandering attempts before a single election could be held under the new lines.”
The chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), told Politico he gives the credit to Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee:
Look at the teamwork on the part of the DCCC, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee under Eric Holder’s leadership and a lot of our allies and partners. This has been a team effort and we’re in decent shape. We’re not taking anything for granted but we’re doing a hell of a lot better than I thought we would.
Adam Kincaid, executive director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust, the opposition to Holder’s litigious approach, told the publication that Republicans have slacked on electing and appointing judges who apply the law as written instead of creating new law.
“Republicans need to take supreme State Supreme Court races seriously,” Kincaid said. “We need conservative judges who will actually apply the laws as written versus these liberal judges who will just create new law. There’s no precedent for what’s happening in several of these states.”
Meanwhile, as states are bracing for decisions from the courts, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) asked for a preemptive ruling on his proposed redistricting map to presumably circumvent Democrat lawsuits.
DeSantis did so after the Republican-controlled legislature, led by establishment House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R) and president of the Florida Senate, Wilton Simpson (R), was hesitant to enact DeSantis’s map:
BREAKING: A NEW Congressional map just released tonight from Governor DeSantis’ Office. District numbers all change under this proposal—I would be running in “District 6” (which is “District 7” with a new #)
— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) January 17, 2022
“I think we are going to be able to get to a good spot and have a good product,” DeSantis said during Tuesday’s press conference about his request to the court. “We’ve got to get a couple of legal issues squared away.”
After taking loss after loss in recent weeks in New York, Alabama, and Pennsylvania, the GOP is counting on Florida to pick up the slack, David Wasserman, senior editor of the Cook Political Report, suggested Thursday.
According to Wasserman, Democrats have taken a two- to three-seat advantage in the redistricting battle where Republicans were expected to dominate.
The establishment media have taken notice how “weirdly well” Democrats are performing in nationwide redistricting battles. “According to at least one analyst, there is actually an outside chance that the final map will be tilted, ever so slightly, in the Democrats’ favor,” the New York Magazine reported in December.
Republicans, however, still have the momentum to overturn Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) five-seat majority in the House. President Joe Biden’s approval rating is pegged at 33 percent. And 29 House Democrats have announced they are not running for reelection. The retirements will hurt Pelosi’s chances of retaining the House because of the incumbent advantage.
If Republicans are able to retake the House and Senate, the GOP will have an opportunity to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, ban lawmakers from trading stocks, break up Big Tech, and impeach Biden.