This is something that has been nagging at me lately. I'm still 50/50 on my feelings on this stunt pulled by the Senate GOP. I don't really feel bad for someone like Saslaw, this is something he would have done in a heartbeat if he could. Its this righteous indignation that many on our side have been talking about, how much Saslaw and George Barker screwed us in 2011, how Republicans got over 50% of the vote in state senate elections total, etc. They did, but we did it too.
I would be more receptive to this if it were not for the fact that we did the same thing in the House of Delegates. I mean there is no way, given how Virginia has been changing over the last fifteen years, that our lower is really representating Virginia proportionally 67-34-1. Is there? In fact, you can argue that the House is redistricted waaaay worse than the Senate.
I'm not trying to scold anyone or call anyone hypocrites. I understand how the game is played. I get it. But we got our House so they could get those Senate lines. It reminds me of the opening scene in The Dark Knight when the mortally wounded mob banker is laying on the floor scolding The Joker, lamenting "criminals in this town use to believe in things. Honor. Respect."
I guess it is what it is, but I certainly the hope that Speaker Howell takes care of this. He's the perfect guy to do this. The Senate can't touch him, nobody in the House will lift a finger to do anything against him because he's got total control there, and it keeps it away from McDonnell (the governor with national ambitions) and Cuccinelli (the candidate for governor this year). I think that this was wrong, that there should be in politics some form of honor among theives and this broke that somehow. Then again, most of them are theives so we shouldn't feelt that bad for them, right?