In case you were wondering: The career staff of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department unanimously recommended rejection of the DeLay redistricting of Texas as a violation of the Voting Rights Act. The political management of the Department overruled the staff, just as it had in accepting Georgia’s virtual poll tax.
The good news is that a federal court has already struck down the Georgia law, and that ruling was sustained unanimously by a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit. The bad news is that the Texas law passed muster with the 5th Circuit (which apparently hadn’t seen the staff memo) and is now before the Supreme Court.
I’m sorry to be late on this one, but the capacity of the Bush Administration to execute outrages is outrunning may capacity to comment on them.