A friend just called with an intriguing question: What happens if, when the parties to the redistricting suit submit their maps to the three-judge panel next Friday, Attorney General Greg Abbott changes the boundaries of Tom DeLay’s district? Would that force the panel to order new elections in the Twenty-Second, thereby rendering Judge Sparks’s decision inoperative and allowing the Republican party to replace him on the ballot after all?

Anybody want to weigh in here?