Friday, November 25, 2011

Redistricting Fallout: Aaron Pena is History

n India, it’s called karma. I call it justice. Aaron Pena just took a look at the district boundaries that the 3-judge federal panel redrew for him, converting it from a Republican-safe to a Democratic-safe district, and decided that there was no way he was going to win in the next election.

There was no way he could win as a Republican, and there was no way he was going to win by re-ratting, or returning to the Democratic fold.

Pena couldn’t be elected dog catcher and he knows it.

Pena, in deserting the Democratic Party at its darkest hour, enabled the Republicans to have a super majority, and enabled the passage of the worst laws in a long, long time.

And it is obvious to all what enabled the enabling. Pena was wooed into becoming a turncoat by being promised that his Democratic district would be “adjusted” into a district only a Republican could love.

That’s just another indication of how bad the new district maps were going to be for Democrats. Turning a Democratic-safe House district in the Rio Grande Valley into a Republican-safe district is no mean feat. They worked with a definite purpose.

And now Pena’s district has been returned to the Democratic majority.

And now there is dancing in the streets of Edinburgh, Texas.

Because now Aaron Pena is history.

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