Virginia’s Democrats, like their national counterparts, have finally gotten religion about the evils of gerrymandering.
It’s ironic, considering their political ancestors provided the inspiration for the term used to describe the packing of election districts for the benefit of a particular party.
The Massachusetts Gazette coined the term in 1812 to describe state senatorial election districts drawn up by Gov. Elbridge Gerry to promote his Democratic-Republican party, the predecessor to today’s modern Democratic party.
One of the districts so resembled a salamander the newspaper wryly joined the governor’s last name with salamander to produce the term “gerrymander”.
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