Further Examination of a Practice Post
In preparation for launching this website, I wrote a number of practice posts. As a new resident/voter in the South Carolina 1st Congressional District, one of the draft posts related to Mark Sanford’s campaign against Elizabeth Colbert Bush in the special election for the House seat vacated by Tim Scott’s appointment to the Senate. That post is recreated below.
I continue to be surprised and disgusted by the election result. In a District where yard signs invariably identify a candidate as “Conservative Republican,” I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.
My disgust isn’t limited to the question of Sanford’s character. It is also disgust that his election was in some measure pre-ordained by the redistricting process of SC 1st following the most recent census. More liberal and democratic voters in Charleston were redistricted into the SC 6th which is the sole SC district represented by a Democrat. Charleston County and the City of Charleston have been bifurcated between two Districts with the resultant two Representatives in Congress. While two may be better than one in promoting City and County interests in Washington, it just doesn’t seem “right.” It is the result of geographic machinations to create a jigsaw puzzle like addition to the SC 6th.
Gerrymandering State Legislators are not limited to South Carolina or Republican dominated state legislatures. If you are interested in the art and practice of Gerrymandering, here are some additional links: Gerrymandering Explained, Top Ten Gerrymandered Districts, and Politico’s analysis of why success at gerrymandering can be a problem.