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Va. Senate districts redrawn. Dem. Senator: "It's an underhanded sneak attack." Gov. McDonnell condemns the move.


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Oh those wacky, zany Republicans and their laughable self-righteous, "we're the moral ones" 'tude... as they sneak around and redraw legislative districts while their fellow senators are at events like, you know, presidential inaugurations.

Via TPM, we see that even GOP Gov. Bob"Ultrasound" McDonnell "condemned his own party’s political gamesmanship," although he hasn't said yet if he would veto this plan:

Republicans took advantage of the absence of a Democratic state senator (and civil rights leader) to push their surprise legislative redistricting through what is usually an evenly divided state Senate. State Sen. Henry Marsh’s (D) trip to the inauguration of President Obama briefly made the Senate makeup 20-19 in favor of the GOP, letting Republicans launch their surprise attack.

Per, the changes, which wouldn't kick in until the 2015 Senate elections, also create a new black majority district in Southside Virginia:

The move blindsided Senate Democrats and reopened partisan wounds inflicted last year, when Republicans used Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's tie-breaking vote to seize working control of the evenly divided chamber.

Democrat John Edwards of Roanoke said, "It's an underhanded sneak attack."

Republicans rely on dirty tricks more and more because they have no other way to win elections or legislative votes. If only their ideas had merit, if only they weren't so consumed with power grabs, maybe something could actually be accomplished. And maybe they could even earn a little trust.



Look who's advising Sarah Palin!


Frederic Malek, shown in 1974 with President Richard M. Nixon, is still involved in politics. (Courtesy Fred Malek - Courtesy Fred Malek)

Once upon a time, there was an anti-Semite named Fred Malek:

Fred Malek's 1971 memo for Richard Nixon listing Jews in the Bureau of Labor Statistics has landed him in much controversy before, and new documents highlighted in recent days by and the Washington Post have intensified that controversy. In this clip from the Nixon tapes, the President issues orders for Malek to "see what we can do about" Jews in the federal government.

That was a long, long time ago in a strange and dangerous place called DC Land. Today, in the land of Virginia, Fred the Nixonite has made somewhat of a comeback:

Malek previously has been implicated in Nixon's crusade against Jews, and in 1988, he resigned from the Republican National Committee because of it. He has apologized for his involvement but always has denied playing a central part.

Now, the 22-year-old controversy has resurfaced, with Democratic lawmakers in Virginia complaining about Malek's appointment by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) as chairman of a panel studying the state budget deficit.

You all remember that knave, McDonnell, don't you?  I hear even his own steed shuns him.

And lo and behold, from the Castle of Wasilly in the Land of Babble, Half-Princess McNotJewish enters the story:

In addition to chairing Republican Sen. John McCain's campaign finance committee in the 2008 presidential race, Malek is an adviser to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

All the people of the lands should look askance and askew at Half-Princess McNotJewish, because as we've learned from the residents of the Valley of Hell No, guilt by association is something to heed. And heed we will.. since they insist.

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