Ex-President Obama is back with a new initiative to take down President Trump and the GOP. Unfortunately it won’t work, because the Dems, mainly under Obama, saw colossal loses at the state level.
And while Barack Obama, the same guy who stood by and watched the epic losses roll in, should try to correct the damage he did to the Democratic Party, his latest move just reeks of desperation.
Especially after the Supreme Court’s critical decision on the subject of gerrymandering.
“Training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I’ve always made it a priority — from my 2008 campaign until now,” Ex-President Obama tweeted on Monday announcing his new program.
“And it’s why I’m proud to announce @allontheline’s in-person training initiative, Redistricting U.”
Fox News reported that according to “All on the Line’s” website, “Redistricting U” will be “sending dedicated trainers to cities across the country to train volunteers, give them the tools to impact the redistricting process in their state, hear from them on how to best make change in their communities, and empower them to be leaders in the movement for fair maps.”
The organization is focused on impacting the redrawing of congressional districts, which will take place in 2021 following the collection of data in the 2020 census. They warn against “rigged electoral maps drawn with surgical precision by politicians to preserve their party’s political power and silence the will of the people.”
Partisan gerrymandering was a hot topic this spring, when the Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue, determining in a ruling in two cases that the judiciary shouldn’t get involved because it’s a political issue best left to lawmakers.
One of the Supreme Court cases, Benisek v. Lamone, involved North Carolina, where Republicans had benefited from gerrymandering. “All on the Line” identified North Carolina as one of 10 “priority states,” along with Arizona, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.
However, Maryland wasn’t on the list, a place where Democrats had been accused of unfairly drawing district maps at the expense of Republicans in the Supreme Court’s other partisan gerrymandering case, Rucho v. Common Cause.