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Obama to Fight ‘Unfair’ GOP Redistricting With…Democratic Redistricting

Ex-President Obama and ex-AG Eric Holder claim the GOP has rigged the system. Their solution? Rig the system for Democrats.

Obama and Holder

As The Washington Post reported Sunday night, President Obama is stepping back into the political fray this week with a fundraiser in support of Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC).

The purpose of the fundraiser, according to the NDRC’s executive director, is “to help convince donors to invest in state-level races and help in ‘shining a light’ on a phenomenon that influences the outcome of elections year after year.”

It is well-known by now that President Obama presided over a hollowing-out of the Democratic Party from 2009 to 2016, particularly at the state level.

The reason, according to Obama and the NDRC? The game was “rigged,” as Holder, Obama’s attorney general, put it.

The solution, according to Obama, Holder, and the NDRC? Rig the game for Democrats in 2021:

Republican gerrymandered districts after the 2010 Census have put Democrats at a massive structural disadvantage. That’s why the most important turning point for the future of the Democratic Party will take place in 2021: when states redraw their Congressional and state legislative lines.

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) is an organization of Democratic leaders enacting a comprehensive, multi-cycle Democratic Party redistricting strategy over the next 5 years and beyond.

Of course, gerrymandering is a legitimate public policy issue, one that is debated often in Washington, D.C. and in state houses around the country. Arizona and California, a red and a blue state, respectively, have independent redistricting commissions.

The NDRC’s mission statement talks of “fairer maps” in 2021, but a group whose URL is democraticredistricting.com hardly seems interested in fair, non-partisan redistricting efforts.