It’s a Shadow War because neither side wants to admit that one is going on, but one is going on.
The big gap between Democratic success at the presidential level and elsewhere “is a real dilemma, I think, for democracy really, not just the Democratic Party,” said Rep. David Price of North Carolina, a 14-term congressman and former Duke University political scientist. He said Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia display the “most egregious” examples of gerrymandered districts for congressional and state legislative races.
This long-practiced brand of partisan map-making, Price said, helps Republicans control the legislatures of states that vote Democratic for president. But in a sign of local Democrats’ struggles to change voters’ minds, Price said the best prospect for reversing the trend – in the South, at least – is in lawsuits that allege racial bias in the way Republicans drew district boundaries.
Dave Price is the representative for what is often called “The People’s Republic of Chapel Hill” – and my, but doesn’t he just represent! – which is something that should have been mentioned. As is the fact that the goal here of Democrats is to break up the VRA’s majority-minority districts, because as it stands locking away those votes from white Democrats is killing white Democratic political careers left and… slightly-less-left. Expect more of what happened in Maryland (short version: the legislature ignored VRA guidelines in order to carve out another white Democrat-friendly district, instead of a minority-friendly one) to happen in other states where the Democrats have full control*… which is a less weighty statement than it looks, given how right now there aren’t that many states where Democrats have full control.
Including, now that I think of it, Maryland. Explain that one, ye Democratic party pundits and politicos.
*And expect people like David Price to not say a blessed word about that.