PBS's Erbe: Dems Must 'Gerrymander Away', Politicize Upcoming Census

Taxpayer-subsidized journalist Bonnie Erbe has some advice for Democrats: use the 2010 Census and subsequent redistricting to your maximum advantage to gerrymander and "gender-mander" the Congress chock full of left-wing constituencies.

Writes the PBS "To the Contrary" host on a March 3 post at her Jefferson Street blog at US News & World Report (emphasis mine):

Depoliticize the Census? Surely they jest! Taking politics out of the Census is like taking milk out of the cow or coal out of Newcastle or diamonds out of Tiffany. Politics is the lifeblood of the Census—without politics, there is no Census.

The Census is part of the spoils of victory for whichever party controls the White House at the turn of each decade. Gerrymandering—using Census data to create voting districts that artificially lean toward one end of the political spectrum or the other—is as uniquely an American tradition as Thanksgiving. The thought of trying to depoliticize the census is, well, decidedly un-American.

Every political interest group wants a piece of Census action. Hispanics and Latinos want to make sure immigrants aren't under-counted. Religious groups want to make sure their members aren't under-counted. I've even heard feminist leaders talking, since the November elections, about using the Census to gender-mander: to create voting districts with large percentages of poor, single and widowed women, who tend to skew Democratic.

So gerrymander away with the 2010 Census and spare us the theatrics of trying to look nonpartisan.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters