Texas redistricting

Lu Dubose, co-author with Jan Reid of The Hammer Comes Down: The Nasty, Brutish and Shortened Political Life of Tom DeLay, has a good piece over at TomPaine.com summarizing the DeLay Texas redistricting debacle.

He reminds us that the U.S. Supreme Court will be reviewing the redistricting plan next month, with arguments on March 1. That day attorneys representing civil rights groups and a Texas county wiill question the redrawing of district lines three years after the census. They will argue that the new plan diluted minority votes, violating the Voting Rights Act.

Last week, White House submitted an amicus brief supporting the Texas plan. As Dubose writes, this is no great surprise given how closely DeLay worked with Rove and others in the Bush administration on the redistricting scheme:

Because the Bush team worked hand in hand with the majority leader. DeLay known for the intimidating and at times thuggish behavior that earned him the name “the Hammer”—did the heavy lifting in Texas. The president and his advisers applied the pressure in Washington. Bush senior adviser Karl Rove did much of the work, but the campaign extended beyond the White House. The president’s political appointees at the U.S. Department of Justice helped out, suppressing a legal opinion that found the DeLay plan in violation of minority voters’ rights.