Monday, January 10, 2005

Rahm leads DCCC. I'll bet he traded Ways and Means for it.

Rahm Emanuel has accepted the Leave No Democratic Donor Behind chore of running the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. I'll bet he leveraged the promise to do all that work for the party into a committee assignment from Pelosi to Ways and Means, one of the best assignments there is. I wonder if he will be more open to seeing the Dem advantage to neutral Congressional maps than other federal Democratic leaders have been (notably Bill Lipinski and Rod Blagojevich who both pushed through an agreement for the current GOP friendly Illinois map in 2001).

1 comment:

Michael said...

It seems to me the only way that you're going to have any kind of path to sensible districting nationwide is for the Dems to aggressively redistrict in their favor in states where they have control in the state legislature, which then places California in the position of cutting through partisanship and offering a nationwide model. The Dems have at least this advantage, that their seats in the House come in big blocs which can be aggressively gerrymandered. Texas and Florida are the only states where this strategy would be effective for the Republicans.

Mutually assured destruction is a dangerous strategy, but with people like Delay in control, the rhetoric of good governance and 5 bucks will buy you a biscotti and a cappucino.