Redistricting Reviewed

One could almost hear a collective gasp from Capitol Hill Republicans last week when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the Texas 2003 congressional redistricting plan.

Crafted by allies of embattled Rep. Tom DeLay (R.-Tex.), the plan was a significant factor in helping Republicans to maintain their majority in the House last year, because its new lines switched the 32-member Texas House delegation from 17 Republicans and 15 Democrats to 21 Republicans and 11 Democrats.

When Human Events Political Editor John Gizzi asked for the White House reaction to the court’s decision to review the plan, Press Secretary Scott McClellan would say only: “That’s a legal matter.”