Sunday, January 16, 2005

Always More Room on the Bandwagon

Thursday of last week brought an excellent column by Peter Beinart, editor of The New Republic. Addressing the topic of redistricting reform, Beinart inadvertantly reveals he's been cribbing ideas from everyone's favorite new blog.

Seriously though, it's a good article, and I'm glad to see this proposal getting some more media attention. Like me, Beinart's hopeful about this:

"And the response shouldn't be limited to the Golden State. Democrats across the country should jump on the Schwarzenegger bandwagon, demanding that their states also take redistricting away from the state legislatures that deny voters a real choice over who represents them."

I haven't read much in the way of responses to Schwarzenegger's proposal, and what I have seen is mostly of the "ignore it because of the short-term costs to my political party" variety (although in the case of that link, with remorse). Beinart's article is a good counterpoint. Read the whole thing.

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