MORE REPUBLICAN RACISM ON DISPLAY-- AND THE DEMOCRATS GIVE THEM AN AURA OF RESPECTABILITY BY PLAYING ALONG WITH THEM
I think Washington, DC's permanent residents, all 550,000 of them, are entitled to a House seat and 2 U.S. Senators, just like Wyoming (population- 509,000), Alaska (population- 663,000 ), Delaware (population- 843,000), Vermont (population- 623,000), South Dakota (population- 776,000) and North Dakota (population- 637,000).
And today Washington's elected, non-voting delegate to the Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, along with Republican Congressman Tom Davis (VA) from Washington's suburbs, re-introduced a bill that would add a seat to Congress for Washington. Isn't that nice of Davis? Who would have ever thought a Republican would do such a nice thing for that many African-Americans since... Abe Lincoln? Well, of course, there's a catch, a bad one. It's bad enough that Davis and the neo-Nazi racist party he's in are demanding that in return for a seat for Washington there also be a new seat created for the most right wing Republican stronghold in the country, Utah-- their 4th. (Utah says they deserve the seat because so many of their religionist maniacs are running around as missionaries at any given time that they never get a fair census count.) What makes it even worse is that this would give the Republican state legislature an opportunity to gerrymander the whole state and eliminate Utah's one quasi-Democratic seat, the one currently occupied by Jim Matheson.
I don't know why this should piss me off so badly since, when it comes to substantive issues, Matheson votes like a Republican most of the time anyway. I should be happy to see him gerrymandered out of his seat by the vicious reactionaries he's been trying to placate. But now that the Democrats have majorities in both houses of Congress, I'd like to see them just do the right thing and get DC it's congressmember AND 2 senators. Utah shouldn't even be entitled to statehood since they came into the Union promising to end polygamy, which-- just ask Anderson Cooper-- they haven't done.