Senate Majority Leader John Unger was right.
The Berkeley County Democrat said repeatedly last year that if the West Virginia Legislature didn't adopt his congressional redistricting plan, a federal court might strike down whatever other plan lawmakers came up with.
The Legislature didn't listen.
Indeed, lawmakers voted down an Unger-backed "perfect plan" during the August redistricting session.
And - lo and behold - this week a three-judge federal panel struck down the Legislature's plan, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution.
Now, if the Legislature doesn't come up with a fix by Jan. 17, the court will impose its own plan. It has two options. One of them is modeled on the "perfect plan" that Unger favored.
But Unger isn't saying, "I told you so."
"Now it's time to get back to work and really focus in on those requirements," Unger said shortly after the ruling was announced. "It's a process where we had the checks and balances, the legislative branch - the West Virginia Legislature - passed a bill that was not constitutional according to a federal court. Now we're getting parameters; we're getting clear guidance; we're getting priorities in what we look at."
Democratic leaders are still debating how to respond to the ruling. They can appeal it, come up with a fix by Jan. 17 or let the court impose a plan of its own.