Unintended consequences of gerrymandering

Most people have now heard about the NC GOP mutiny against Thom Tillis in the failure of House bill 1224.

Why couldn't Tillis corral his Republican caucus? He rules through fear and intimidation, and it's rare that his party colleagues cross him.

Well, perhaps the very gerrymandering that put him in his position of power also cost him the ability to get what he wants when the stakes are high.

“[Tillis] is one of the most criticized speakers in modern times and, because of redistricting, does not hold the same degree of power over caucus members through controlling huge amounts of campaign money that people need for reelection,” [Meredith College political science expert David] McLennan said.

So the very act that ensures that the GOP can exert minority rule with impunity, because so many legislators are not accountable to voters, also happens to ensure that those same legislators are not accountable to Tillis.

Let the crocodile tears flow.

Comments

Hey, Thom

How'd that "divide and conquer" work out for you this time?

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

I disagree -- Tillis is impotent because of his US Senate race

When Tillis term-limited himself as Speaker and a member of the House, he immediately weakened the House of Representatives (as it relates to the Senate) and himself (as he relates to any other elected official).

It speaks poorly of Tillis as a negotiator and a leader that he failed so basic a political test. No previous speaker in recent history (even prior to Speaker Liston Ramsey in the 1980s) has carried out such folly.

 

Good point

Gerrymandering has an unintended consequence of weakening the leadership roles, no matter who fills them, by changing the old model of "dance for the money".

Tillis in particular also did it to himself. Many of his colleagues urged him to resign the Speaker's post when he decided to run for US Senate.

Ironically, by refusing to do so, he also has done a good bit of harm to his US Senate campaign.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014