NY Times: The Electoral College Will Destroy America (or something)

Who’s surprised that the NY Times is running this opinion piece by editorial board member Jesse Wegman? You’ll love the subhead

The Electoral College Will Destroy America
And no, New York and California would not dominate a popular vote.

In other words, the populous states/cities will dominate the popular vote, making it about mob rule, rather than the whole point of a Democratic Republic, hence the reason we are called the United States Of America, not just one name like Canada or Mexico. That was the whole point of an electoral college, because most states were the size, at least by volume, of the old world European ones. What is a state? It was what they called nations. The Articles of Confederation joined these states, with their own issues and concerns, together, but not strong enough to be one nation. Hence the Constitution. Anyhow, enough U.S. History/Political Science 101

Last week, Nate Silver, the polling analyst, tweeted a chart illustrating the chances that Joe Biden would become president if he wins the most votes in November.

The “if” is probably unnecessary. It’s hard to find anyone who disputes that Mr. Biden will win the most votes. This isn’t a liberal’s fantasy. In a recent panel discussion among four veteran Republican campaign managers, one acknowledged, “We’re going to lose the popular vote.” Another responded, “Oh, that’s a given.” The real question is will Mr. Biden win enough more votes than President Trump to overcome this year’s bias in the Electoral College.

Mr. Silver’s analysis is bracing. If Mr. Biden wins by five percentage points or more — if he beats Donald Trump by more than seven million votes — he’s a virtual shoo-in. If he wins 4.5 million more votes than the president? He’s still got a three-in-four chance to be president.

Anything less, however, and Mr. Biden’s odds drop like a rock. A mere three million-vote Biden victory? A second Trump term suddenly becomes more likely than not. If Mr. Biden’s margin drops to 1.5 million — about the populations of Rhode Island and Wyoming combined — forget about it. The chance of a Biden presidency in that scenario is less than one in 10.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me really angry. Yes, I am aware that the United States has never elected its president by a direct popular vote; I wrote a whole book about it. I still cannot fathom why, in a representative democracy based on the principle that all votes are equal, the person who wins the most votes can — and does, repeatedly — lose the most consequential election in the land.

Because, when it comes to the presidency, we are not a representative democracy. That’s the House of Representatives, which, if Wegman really cared, would call for term limits, dramatically increasing the number of Representatives, and reforming campaigning financing so that they are beholden to the people in their district rather than from outsiders.

It happened in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, who won nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump — a margin of more than two percentage points — but lost because of fewer than 80,000 votes in three states. Two months away from Election Day, the odds of something like this happening again are disconcertingly high. That’s a bad thing. The presidency is the only office whose occupant must represent all Americans equally, no matter where they live. The person who holds that office should have to win the most votes from all Americans, everywhere.

You can tell where this is going, right? That the Electoral College is Bad, because it rewards those who play the game and win the electoral votes of enough states and the citizens in those states. You know how this works. I’m sure Wegman, who apparently wrote a book on this, knows as well. That’s why they want the EC to go away. If they really want that, they should push for a constitutional convention. I triple dog dare them.

Or, better, let’s break up many states to be more representative. California should be like 3-4 states. Texas into 2-3. Florida in two. NY into 2-3. Heck, Washington and Oregon into 2, since more than half of those states is dominated by the uber-left wing politics of just a few cities.

Regardless, Democrats won’t give up on getting rid of the EC and instituting mob rules, rather than our existing system which is designed to protect the minority from the majority, to give the minority a voice. And it sure sounds like they are worried Biden is going to lose.

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7 Responses to “NY Times: The Electoral College Will Destroy America (or something)”

  1. Est1950 says:

    Trump was nominated for a REAL Nobel Peace Prize.

    Tybring-Gjedde, in his nomination letter to the Nobel Committee, said the Trump administration has played a key role in the establishment of relations between Israel and the UAE. “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity,” he wrote.

    The electoral college on the other hand is how we have always voted. However states are trying to get around this by having their Blue legislatures committ to haveing their electors vote for whomever wins the popular vote and not the will of the people of their own state.

    This is more than just a threat to the constitution and the electoral college it is a threat to the soverignty of the individual states telling them IOWA or Missouri or anyone of 30 plus states do not matter. This is precisely why almost every form of government is parlimentary which puts the power in the politicians hands.

    In America the power belongs to the people. It is once again the tyranny of the minority because the will of 50 states is more important than the will of 8 states where most of the population in this country resides.

    The first time this is successfully pulled off. Lets say Trump wins Wisconsin, Minnesota and wins by say 18 electoral votes but MN and WI show up and vote for Biden, their will be civil war. That is a guarantee.

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Of course, the problem with the EC is not the concept, but that in practice candidates focus on an EC only approach. In the current climate only a handful of states are in play every four years, so policy proposals and campaigns are tailored for those states while ignoring the overall needs of this great nation. This is exacerbated in this digital age of instant dissemination of information, misinformation and disinformation, especially when other nations work for their interests and not America’s.

    And it’s really only a problem when Presidents such as Trump are elected, a man wholly unsuited for the job. He’s a clown, but a malevolent clown.

    • formwiz says:

      in practice candidates focus on an EC only approach.

      Sure, they do. Every candidate has a base of states that support him. He needs to build on that base to win.

      That’s why Joe’s Hiden in his basement. All those electoral votes in DE.

      In the current climate only a handful of states are in play every four years, so policy proposals and campaigns are tailored for those states while ignoring the overall needs of this great nation.

      You mean like more riots and more lockdowns?

      This is exacerbated in this digital age of instant dissemination of information, misinformation and disinformation, especially when other nations work for their interests and not America’s.

      Welcome to reality.

      And it’s really only a problem when Presidents such as Trump are elected, a man wholly unsuited for the job. He’s a clown, but a malevolent clown.

      Shouldn’t talk about the Mocha Messiah that way.

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    As trump associate Michael Cohen posits, if trump loses he’ll likely resign after negotiating a deal with Pence for a total presidential pardon for trump and his clan the moment he resigns.

    This will end Pence’s career.

    • formwiz says:

      Michael Cohen is a convicted felon. The only ones dumb enough to care what he says are people like you.

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    Only Trump could manage to make his enemies work overtime to render themselves irrelevant.

    — Glenn Reynolds

    Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

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