RALEIGH – Well, it was fun while it lasted. North Carolinians had a nice respite, but the politically pulsating saga that is redistricting is upon us again in a big way. The 2020 Census resulted in one more congressional seat for the Old North State, supercharging a once a decade process that seems to happen every two years for some reason.
That reason, of course, is the Left’s adeptness at manufacturing narratives that have turned the tedious task of map-drawing, and the common sense of having representative majorities determine its course, into ‘naked power plays to disenfranchise minorities and steal seats by racist Republicans.’
It has thrown off a series of court cases, media blitzes, redraws, and concessions. Since the 2010 Census, legislative maps in North Carolina have been a veritable Etch-a-Sketch.
Now the newest affirmed Republican majority in the General Assembly is faced with shaking it up all over again, accommodating a whole additional congressional district, maximizing the mark of the majority within the bounds of acceptability, and trying mightily to avoid the smear. The latter, unfortunately, is most likely an act of futility.
— Dawn B. Vaughan (@dawnbvaughan) April 30, 2021
Every step of the map drawing process taken by Republicans will be construed in the pejorative language of gerrymandering; every step the Democrats take will be framed as a heroic effort to protect the franchise, and especially to protect minorities from white supremacy via redistricting.
Herein lies an example of the opening narrative thread, in one tweet. Republicans plan to
**draw maps as required** gerrymander, and are getting caught red handed in **planning to reflect repeatedly reinforced state legislative majorities in Washington, D.C.** being snakes and fascists.
Yes, while it the media headline says ‘walks it back,’ the inference drawn by the useful Leftists that gobble up and perpetuate the narrative seems to be a bit more extreme.
The lying @NCGOP snakes in the #ncga will keep saying they haven’t started the redistricting process right up until the moment they release the map, which will be rigged to give the GOP as many seats as possible. They know they can’t win honestly, so they cheat. #ncpol #FairMaps https://t.co/hbex9u5eRP
— Dr. James G. Gilmore (@jamesggilmore) April 30, 2021
@NCGOP planning to erode democracy in NC further in a state where Dem voters outnumber Rep voters! Voter suppressions, culture wars all based on false no evidence convenient beliefs shows a party creeping to gross disenfranchisement, Jim Crow and fascism. #ncga #ncpol @NCCapitol
— Eric Nelson, Ph.D. (@CommodoreNelson) April 30, 2021
‘Cheating fascists, winning elections and refusing to then cede power to us losers!’
Well, if the doctors and PhDs say so.
The narrative is predictable, but that doesn’t mean it is not potent. The amount of projection and dissonance in the above tweets doesn’t slow its ability to prey on the gullible and shape the entire political dynamic.
As such, the Republicans SHOULD try to make a 10-4 map. Not only because the Democrats would do the exact same thing, but especially because the Left isn’t going to give them a pass either way. Why not exert the control afforded them by North Carolina voters for 1-2-3-4-5-6 General Assemblies in row now? The racist fascist label is coming, regardless.
Far from the redistricting political battles of recent past, we’re dealing with a Left, a media complex, and a Democratic Party machine that are fully engaged in a cultural culling and “fundamental transformation of the role government plays in our lives,” by their own admission and with the basest of tactics. What more reason could the state legislative leaders need to exert maximal influence on how North Carolinians are represented on Capitol Hill?