Depending on who you are, California’s newly redrawn congressional district lines are producing either big yawns or a lot of consternation.
Yes, there is the usual posturing. The state’s hugely outnumbered Republican Party, for example, issued a statement immediately after seeing the changes, saying “It’s going to be tough running in 2022 with a D behind your name.” Probably incorrect.
For it now appears that even though one Democratic district was virtually obliterated in the mapping process (Lucille Roybal-Allard’s current 40th, in eastern Los Angeles County), California Democrats will end up with at least as many House seats as they now hold. No surprise, Roybal-Allard, 80, announced her impending retirement just days before the new lines became official.
Yes, there will be some churn. For example, if the Latino majorities in 16 of the new districts (three more than…