by Jefe Le Gran, Mon Aug 29, 2005 at 08:48:50 AM EDT
Did you really think Arnold Schwarzenegger was pushing a mid-decade redistricting in California out of the goodness of his heart?
Make no mistake about it, redistricting is nothing more than a power struggle. It's about who has power, who wants power, and who is going to do whatever it takes to get power.
Arnold's redistricting plan is aimed squarely at keeping the GOP in control of Congress for decades to come.
Read the fine print.
Much has been made about the fact that Schwarzenegger's plan takes redistricting out of the hands of the State Legislature and puts it into the hands of three retired judges. But the real power in Schwarzenegger's plan is not the panel of judges; it is the fact that the judges can only draw maps after following a set of strict and powerful criteria - criteria that hurts Democrats and helps Republicans.