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Got news for you, friends. This is a tainted news story. Democrats, who have ruled the roost for a century in North Carolina's redistricting decisions, are crying foul before the first pitch is thrown in shaping new maps.
Hearings are being held around the State to gain citizen opinion. Mike McIntyre says he will load the hearings with his own partisan goon squads. Republicans say they will be fair -- something the Democrats could not be accused of doing -- and will not take advantage of the situation.
Even so, the crisis crews of the Democrat Party are already out ratcheting up the hysteria. Black leaders are revving up the faithful and whining that they are being squeezed out. Say what? Chill, people! No pen has been placed on a map. No one will be disenfranchised.
But get real, Democrats. You lost. It's not the same as what you have been experiencing for these many years. Please read this little vignette published by Politico (12/24/09) and see if it might have a familiar ring:
President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning - but he also left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations. "I won," Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.
The message from the GOP, then, boys and girls, is this time WE WON -- GET USED TO IT!
And, if you can, do it with some class. You're in political purgatory for ten years. But We'll bring you some food, and you'll have visiting rights.The time will fly by.
Posted to Federal Government News Politico Politics NC May 4, 2011By Richard E. Cohen
Watt himself was embroiled in a long-term legal fight over his painfully drawn, snake-shaped minority-majority district, so his skepticism on the new North Carolina map may be a guidepost for Democrats.The result could be another extended round of litigation, Watt warned. The 1992 creation of his district that extends north of Charlotte led to two Supreme Court rulings and a redrawing of his district.