Redistricting and Iowa

1 Jan

It’s finally here.  No, not 2012, the Iowa Caucuses (and yes, the Democrats are also having one, not just the Republicans).  The year 2012 brings another year of presidential campaigning, and shortly after that, the 2016 presidential campaign.  Just looking at the past 3 months, you had Tim Pawlenty, then Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, New Gingrich, Ron Paul, and now Rick Santorum.  And guess who benefits from all of this, yes, that’s correct -> Mitt Romney (which isn’t actually his real name, but that’s just a tangent).

In one of the last articles entitled “Iowa frontrunners take fire“, you’d think there were two, nope, they’re the last four people I’ve mentioned.  And of course, they’re complaining that they’re getting too much flak.  I think New Gingrich shouldn’t even be considered because I just don’t understand how you vote for him to be the most powerful man in the world if you’re looking at his values (of cheating on each of his wives with the previous wife).  Barack Obama got so much criticism from a pastor who never really talked to him in a church in which he didn’t regularly attend (so of course anyone who he ever shared the same room in means he only believes in the worst side of them -_________________- i.e. that’s a long face for those that don’t know what emoticons are).

I think the most genuine people are Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.  They seem to both believe and stick with what they say.  Rick Santorum is a little more like a stereotypical politician – and I don’t know why he keep talking about his terms as a senator and winning Democratic Pennsylvania when he lost horribly at the end.  Ron Paul seems to have been right about everything, except I think he doesn’t understand the nuances of what it’s like to not have the government help you, but he addresses all of those criticisms quite thoroughly and intelligently.

I would have been 40/60 to have voted for Mitt Romney in the general election, but he seems to be changing with the political winds too much for my taste.  It is now 20/80 that I’d vote for him.  I wish that he’d own up to the medical insurance program he started in Massachusetts, because then I’d know that he really was doing what both was in the interest of the commonwealth and the wishes of his constituents, but he’ll probably pull a ‘McCain‘ and pivot back to the center later, whomps.

I haven’t talked about redistricting in a while and there really haven’t been too much news because of Iowa.  New Mexico is about to go through redistricting, sans drama, and that is news in itself.  Unlike its neighbor to the east *cough cough* Texas *cough cough* it seems to have gotten bipartisan support, but then again, it only has 3 districts and no addition or elimination:

The most dramatic example of court intervention in line drawing, however, is Texas, where the United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Jan. 9 over the state’s remap. (A Court Remap in New Mexico)

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