George Will on Voting Rts Act & why Demos can't win Congressional seats
George WIll has an interesting column in Newsweek on the subject. Apparently the easiest way to comply with the Voting Rights Act is to cluster your minorities into Congressional districts....that way, presumably, minorities have the best shot at getting elected.
But minorities are also largely Democrats, so the result is also to gerrymander Democrats into a few districts. He cites an example: in the last election, George Bush carried 51% of the popular vote but got a majority vote in 59% of the House districts.