'California Insider' blogger Dan Weintraub weighs in on the heated response to the Rose study. I'm not willing to go quite as far as Weintraub in supporting 77 as fair redistricting proposal (it is still flawed), but it's hard to arge that it is hated by partisans on both sides.
Two things his post bring up (somewhat by inference), however, are worth noting.
First, congressional opposition to redistricting reform can fairly be described as non-partisan. No federal elected wants to admit that states retain control over certain, key factors in their political lives. File this under "Federalism Schmederalism" ideals discussed earlier today.
Second, several papers/bloggers note the study's finding that were brother-of-Demo-redistricting-guru-Michael-Berman Congressman Howard Berman's SFV congressional district redrawn under 77, it would be a majority Latino district.
Few papers/bloggers push that statement further, other than to comment, as Weintraub dows, that Berman's current distrct was drawn to safeguard Howard - cracking the Latinos right out of the picture. The implication, of course, is that Berman couldn't carry the Latino vote.
Feel free to ponder the broader implications of this idea to representative democracy - Phoblog's other favorite topic.