Democrats suffered another defeat in the battle over congressional redistricting Wednesday. It further strengthened Republican chances ahead of the November mid-term elections.
RedState reported that the unexpected and shocking decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed the GOP a significant win in March. He struck down the Democrat gerrymander. It was jointly created by New York’s legislature. Kathy Hochul. The next decision, which ordered the new map to arrive this year, added insult to injury. It took away the escape hatch that Republicans used successfully in Ohio. The legislature was not allowed to make the final decision on the map, but a master is appointed to determine what is acceptable.
The Democrats were left reeling by this sequence of events. They had been counting on a 22-4 ratio to ensure a competitive advantage in the elections. In response, a “Hail Mary” attempt to put in place an injunction was made with the argument being that a June 28th primary was set in stone and could not be moved. This was retracted by the judge. More hilariously, he mocked the Democrats’ argument while doing so.
Judge mocks New York Democrats’ redistricting ‘Hail Mary’ case https://t.co/6SllJRubxQ
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Democrats were essentially arguing that the June 28 date “came down on a stone tablet in the middle of the Negev or wherever Moses brought the tablet down from on high,” he said. “There’s just no clear reason to believe that the [military voting] requirements can’t be met by the August date.”
Kaplan therefore denied Kaplan’s request to injoin. Democrats needed to prove a “clear likelihood of success” in future court arguments to receive that.
“This is a Hail Mary pass, the object of which is to take a long shot try at having the New York primaries conducted on district lines that the state says are unconstitutional,” he said.
It is a joy to be able to witness it. I especially like his mention of Moses bringing the tablets “down from on high.” Democrats weren’t just defeated here; they were mocked and embarrassed by a judge who was having none of their games. This gambit is likely to make things worse.
But, what is more important, the judge clearly has the right to rule on the merits. There is a history of primaries being held well into August in New York, and for Democrats to argue at this point that their egregious, state constitution-violating gerrymander must stand because the June date is immovable is contrary to precedent. The primary date can be moved, so military ballots still have time to go. That’s undeniable.
The legislature is another important point worth noting. DidA newly drawn map was submitted recently. It basically represented 21-5 R. to D. and very little difference to the original map. It is likely that the judge will take this as insult. The special master will then sign off on a map which may result in Democrats losing as much as 7 to 8 seats in November. It will mark a huge turnaround for the GOP and put them ahead of all other states in redistricting.
It was impossible to imagine that this could happen a month back. Democrats will just continue to suffer and grieve over the failures they make. It’s a great thing to witness.