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Census results to spark map fights……

For the next year, ambitious and sharp-elbowed legislators around the nation will look to Machiavelli, rather than Jefferson or Hamilton, for inspiration as they draw the congressional maps that will begin and end political careers and determine the partisan makeup of Congress during the next decade.

Some incoming House freshmen are already marked men and women — before they’ve been sworn into office. Some veterans are about to be brusquely pushed into retirement. A few members of Congress will be forced into head-to-head battles with colleagues in order to survive another term.

All in all, it’s a harrowing exercise in political Darwinism.

“It’s one of the most primal of all political circumstances,” said former New York Rep. Bill Paxon, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “You’re looking for any advantage you can get in the state legislature, in the courts and in Washington. Everyone is a potential adversary.”

“It’s political survival,” said Martin Frost, former Texas congressman and ex-chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It’s a very tough, mean process.”

The peril is greatest in the 9 states — Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania — that are slated to lose seats as a result of population shifts over the past decade…..

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December 22, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , ,

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