Wednesday, July 13, 2011

taking the gold in the olympics of blending???

The headline says "Redistricting? No, Fitzwalkermandering". Okay, for those of you who are not Wisconsinites (I'm sorry), Fitzwalkerstan (another gold) is the name for our state under the insane politics of the day - for the Fitzgerald brothers (Senate Majority Leader Scott and Assembly Speaker Jeff) and our own governator, Scott Walker. But then there's "gerrymander," which the article says (and the always trustworthy Wikipedia verifies) comes from another governor, Eldrige Gerry of Massachusetts, who in 1812 redrew a legislative district in the shape of a salamander to benefit his delightfully-named Democratic-Republican Party. So blend on top of blend, wahoo!


Jan said...

That' "Elbridge" Gerry, I believe -- with the Gerry family name (though not the word) pronounced like Gary, hard G. (File under: Stuff you have to learn when you move to Boston.)

Monica said...

Ah, you're right. Sorry, El.