How Are Things Going in Newly Insane North Carolina? Glad You Asked.

August 12, 2016

By Charles P. Pierce

See this dude here?

That’s Elbridge Gerry, proud son of the Commonwealth (God save it!) and signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, non-signer of the Constitution (no Bill of Rights), former congresscritter and the fifth vice-president of the United States. In 1812, while serving as governor up here, the legislature presented Gerry with a bill redrawing the state senatorial districts in rather abstract ways. Gerry signed the bill. One of the districts in Essex County, according to the Boston Gazette, a local Federalist newspaper of the time, looked like a salamander.