DeLay Gets Delayed

Three cheers for the Texas Democrats who had the fortitude to stand by their principles and not allow GOP big-wig and Bush lackey Tom DeLay force feed a redistricting plan on the Lone Star state that would have ensured Republican control for years to come.

This kind of tactic is so transparent — drawing artificial boundaries for districts so as to ensure percentages favorable to one party — that Democrats had to do something. Leaving the state not only was a novel approach to the situation but it also made it enough of a national issue that it shone light in the dark corners of Republican tactical politics.