Republicans Continue to Make Virginia a National Laughingstock

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    “In the words of Dr. King, ‘I have been to the mountaintop, and while I was there, they heavily redistricted the Promised Land.’ “

    Last night Stephen Colbert lampooned Senate Republican lawmakers for ramming through a radical, overreaching redistricting plan on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A fan of the Senate GOP’s strong-arm tactics, Colbert named them his “Alpha Dogs of the Week.”

    The last time Virginia made the late night comedy circuit, comedians from HBO’s Bill Maher to Saturday Night Live mocked the Senate GOP’s mandatory invasive ultrasound bill and personhood legislation.

    Stephen Colbert: “This is my Alpha Dog of the Week. Folks, this week’s Alpha Dogs are the pack of pure-bred Republicans in the Virginia state Senate. This past Monday, these boys redrew the district lines for the Virginia state Senate to make eight electoral districts, six of them presently held by Democrats, more heavily Republican, and to concentrate more minority voters in a new Southside district, and they did it by pushing the redrawn state political map past flabbergasted Democrats.”

    “They waited until Democrat Senator and civil rights leader Henry Marsh left town on Martin Luther King Day to attend President Obama’s inauguration. How fitting!

    “In the words of Dr. King, I have been to the mountaintop, and while I was there, they heavily redistricted the Promised Land.”