After reading this article, the first thing I thought was that this is the definition of redistricting gone insane. It’s what you’d expect of a redistricting map drawn by someone from Organizing for America. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Forty-two Minnesota legislators, more than one in five incumbents, would lose their seats or be forced to move under a plan to redraw the state’s political boundaries that a bipartisan citizens’ commission will submit to the state’s five-judge redistricting panel today.

The plan drafted by a “Draw the Line Minnesota” commission would pair 84 of the 201 House and Senate members against other incumbents in the same districts next year.

Was Linden Wieswerda using hallucinogenic drugs when he drew these redistricting maps? If Wieswerda’s redistricting map became law, it would essentially be an end run around the will of Minnesota voters. It isn’t accidental that people fled lunatic progressive representation for more conservative representation.

They voted with their mortgages. They fled districts represented by Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum and Tim Walz. They flocked to districts represented by John Kline and Michele Bachmann. They left districts represented by Linda Berglin, Sandy Pappas, Scott Dibble, Richard Cohen, John Harrington and Ellen Anderson like they were selling toxic waste. They flocked to districts represented by rock-solid conservatives in the legislature.

Linden Wieswerda tossed that information aside. He essentially said ‘Population shifts be damned. I’m drawing the most competitive map possible.’ That’s lovely theory but it’s nefarious if thought through to any extent.

If there are dozens of close races statewide, that’s a perfect situation for the DFL. Since Republicans hold majorities in the House and Senate, it isn’t a stretch to think that most of the 84 legislators paired are Republican vs. Republican.

Simply by pairing Republicans with each other, that leaves alot of open seats for the DFL to target. Couple that with Alida’s millions for major independent ad buys and you’ve got the picture of an exceptionally corrupt DFL racket in the making.

It isn’t a stretch to think that 20 GOP seats would turn into open seats in the House. It isn’t a stretch to think that 10-15 GOP would turn into open seats in the Senate. With the DFL needing only a 4 seat gain in the Senate and a 6 seat gain in the House, this redistricting map puts them almost there without lifting a finger.

Let me make this abundantly clear. I don’t care about competitive districts if it favors Republicans. I don’t care about competitive districts if it favors the DFL. I care about being true to the population shifts.

If people left DFL-dominated districts for GOP-dominated districts in sufficient numbers, God bless the people. If people left GOP-dominated districts for DFL-dominated districts in sufficient numbers, then the people will have spoken. Let’s honor that.

The group’s No. 1 principle is to “preserve communities of interest.” They defined such communities as “a grouping of people in a geographic area that share common economic, cultural, demographic or other interests. Cities, counties and sovereign nations are also important communities of interest.”

Communities of interest is a scam. The term defies definition because it can mean anything to anyone. I’d bet the proverbial ranch that Linden Wieswerda, the progressive redistricting expert, used the most liberal definition possible of communities of interest in his attempt to create a map that unfairly benefits the DFL.

In last year’s census, 17 percent of Minnesotans identified themselves as nonwhite or Hispanic, but minorities hold just 3 percent of the seats in the Legislature. If they were fairly represented, Walz said, they would hold 30 seats instead of the six they now fill.

I’d be interested in seeing where those nonwhite people live. What percentage of the nonwhite community lives in urban St. Paul and Minneapolis? What percentage lives in Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud? A sweeping statement like Walz’s doesn’t tell me much if I don’t have more details.

A few conservative bloggers have questioned whether the commission is unbiased because some organizations in the sponsoring coalition have liberal ties. But Kaiser, a Republican and Northwestern College communications professor, said that while conservatives are likely to object to the group’s map, “our principles are nonpartisan.”

That’s either an ill-informed opinion or it’s an intentional cheapshot.

I’m one of the conservative bloggers they’re talking about. Unfortunately, they’ve mischaracterized what I’ve said. I haven’t questioned the Citizens Commission. I’ve questioned the outsiders that’ve hijacked the Citizens Commission’s redistricting maps. There’s a significant difference.

I’m not questioning the sincerity of the Citizens Commission. I’m confident that they weren’t corrupt. I’m arguing that DTL-Minnesota’s leadership hijacked the redistricting process, even having Linden Wieswerda, a former Organizing for Obama activist, draw the actual map. The leadership then forbid the Citizens Commission from seeking public input on the redistricting map the Obama activist drew.

It’s important to note the distinction between DTL-Minnesota’s Citizens Commission and DTL-Minnesota’s leadership. The Citizens Commission members aren’t the problem. DTL-Minnesota’s leadership, however, is corrupt to the core. Just look at the organizations that are DTL-Minnesota’s “partners.”

Mike Dean, Common Cause MN and TakeAction Minnesota aren’t upstanding citizens. They’re corrupt political hatchetmen. When Mitch and I debated Dean on the Late Debate, Dean’s opening monologue was all about ‘we want to raise awareness’ and ‘getting people involved in the process is a good thing’.

This wasn’t about raising awareness or getting people involved. That’s the PR speech given to hide a corrupt organization’s ulterior motives.

Now DTL-Minnesota’s true colors are showing. That color is mostly the DFL’s dingy blue.

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