The Chicago Tribune in commenting on the conviction of Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife on corruption charges notes the intimate relationship between the creation of “safe seats” by creating favorable district boundaries and official corruption:
To the humiliation that Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, imposed on Illinois, you can add a political indictment: This state’s egregious gerrymandering aided and abetted the Jacksons’ long crime spree. If Jackson had been running for office in a competitive district — rather than in one of the nation’s most overwhelmingly Democratic — the couple arguably would have had to spend campaign funds on needs more urgent than Build-a-Bear toy animals, what the feds delicately call Costco “undergarments” and the goofy mounted elk heads.
Instead, Jackson throughout his career has been one among hundreds of congressional candidates of both major parties, running for seats in both houses, who raise bushels of campaign money that they don’t need.
They go on to enumerate ways in which the situation is corrupt. It may bear mentioning that the Democrats’ point man in the House on immigration reform represents what is possibly the most gerrymandered district in the country, as I have previously mentioned.
Better late than never, I guess. The Trib endorsed Jackson in 2008, only “withholding” their endorsement after news of Jackson’s corruption was brought to light—not by them. It used to be that newspapers tried to discover and report the truth. Whatever happened to that?