“The [redistricting] map is being viewed by commentators as an attempt to bring more Democratic voters into the district to squeeze out [Bobby] Schilling in 2012. But the proposed district is more geographically uniform than the old one, which was one of the more oddly shaped in the country and designed to heavily favor Democrats. But that didn’t stop Schilling beating former Congressman Phil Hare in the 2010 congressional election, securing a victory in a district that had long been under Democratic control.”
No siree, it didn’t . Hare’s gerrymandered district, name recognition, perks of incumbency, massive money advantage, and powerful union organization didn’t stop Schilling. Over last several days and months, I can’t tell you how many times I have seen some variation of the “Schilling is gone” theme, which reminds me of all the times I heard some variation of the “Schilling is gone” theme in ’09 and ’10.
All this partisan gerrymandering will do for the Democrats is make them over confident and believe they are bullet proof—-just as Hare believed last year—until it was too late.