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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Beware of Faithless Electors

 

As part of their populist platforms, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have vowed to get rid of the Electoral College, so that the U.S. President is chosen by a direct popular vote. Likewise, Pete Buttigieg has also pledged support for the initiative, with Amy Klobuchar indicating her openness to the proposal. That structural change, if made, would profoundly impact all future political campaigns, as candidates would ignore former swing states in order to run up tallies in populous places like California, Florida, New York, and Texas. The consequences that would follow from such a dramatic realignment of voting power would greatly increase the risk of election fraud, such that the ensuing nationwide recounts would make Bush v. Gore look like a modest political skirmish.

Progressives are highly unlikely to gain sufficient support to implement this major reform through constitutional amendment. But right now, two major Supreme Court cases—Colorado Department of State v. Baca and Chiafalo v. Washington—pose the serious risk of undermining the integrity of the Electoral College by changing the long-established practice that all electors must vote as a bloc to support the presidential nominee of their party. In 48 states, the entire state follows that winner-take-all mandate. In Maine and Nebraska, the winner-take-all system is done by congressional district.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Anti-Tobacco Fanatics Lie like a Cheap Rug

 

Yes. They lie. Their lies, coming from allegedly left and right (social conservative) positions, are swathed in “good intentions” and focus on “the children.” Yet, any citizen, any member of Congress, any judge, Article II or Article III, and any president who has merely been alert to their environment as they walked past, at least, a hotel bar, knows the basic claim is a flat-out lie. Why? See for yourself:

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The U.S. Constitution is the greatest political document ever produced. Its durability has made the U.S. Government the longest surviving republic in the world. What makes the constitution durable – an intricate system of divided power – is also what makes it vulnerable. It is a carefully constructed system that only works well if all […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America break down the news of Maine and Nevada refusing to join the popular vote pact to change presidential elections. Michael Avenatti is on his way to losing his license to practice law. And Baltimore’s Mayor wants criminals to swap bullets for boxing gloves.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America admit that it’s good politics for President Trump and Republicans to postpone another effort to dismantle Obamacare until after the 2020 election but are frustrated that the GOP still doesn’t have a coherent plan almost a decade after Obamacare as passed. They also blast Beto O’Rourke as he calls for the abolishing of the electoral college because it goes all the way back to the founding and claims that it somehow perpetuates racial discrimination. And they get a kick out of reports that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reconsidering a 2020 presidential bid if Joe Biden decides not to run or becomes too damaged to have a decent shot at winning.

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Democrats have long been warm to the idea of eliminating the Electoral College simply due to their preference for centralization of power over granting power to the individual states. The outcomes of the 2000 and 2016 elections, wherein a GOP candidate won the Electoral College, and, accordingly, the election, despite running a deficit to the […]

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I read that Colorado has passed a National Popular Vote bill. Tonight I met with my State senator here in Tennessee and he said we can’t do anything about it, that he’s told that the bill is Constitutional. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Reviewing “The Great Revolt” in the Context of Five Countrywide Types

 

Salena Zito and Brad Todd’s new book The Great Revolt is a great read, based on extensive interviews with Trump voters as well as a Great Revolt survey. It’s important to note, though, that in the survey and later for the book, there are only interviews with Trump supporters from a specific geographical region: Trump supporters hailing from the five “Rust Belt” states of Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania; and even more specifically, from ten electorally-significant counties within these states.

Zito and Todd’s focus on Trump voters from behind the “Blue Wall” of rust-belt counties, which had been stubbornly blue before Trump, ought to be treasured for what it is: neither a description of American Trump voters in general, nor the final word on America’s new populist-conservative coalition, but a testament to the power of geography in our electoral process, and to the strategic importance of not overlooking those who might otherwise go overlooked.

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I found this free gem today. It is a great 5-minute tutorial you can link to when you run into someone who doesn’t understand the relevance of the EC. https://www.prageru.com/videos/do-you-understand-electoral-college More

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I was witness to a conversation in which a liberal asked: “What has led us to confuse disagreement over ideas with disapproval of each other? Why is disagreement so uncomfortable and so personal?” More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are back from vacation. Before discussing the day’s martinis, they remember the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and why we must remember what happened that day. Then they welcome the news that Hillary Clinton will never run for office again and laugh as she blames the “godforsaken electoral college” among many other factors for her defeat last year. They also shake their heads as a tongue-in-cheek Facebook page encouraging people to “Shoot at Hurricane Irma” gets the media and even law enforcement very alarmed. And they sigh as the major networks once again send their reporters into fierce storms, somehow thinking we won’t believe there is a hurricane unless we see their people getting hammered by the rain and wind.

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Donald Trump was elected like all other presidents before him: through the Constitutional process. Democrats like John Lewis who claim he isn’t legitimate are just exposing themselves as partisan liberal hacks. More

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If you would like some encouragement as regards the electoral college voting process, listen to two minutes of the Andrew Klavan show of December 20. He plays two audio clips of two electors, one in Kansas and one in Pennsylvania. It did my heart good and moved me to hear these two electors, each with […]

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At its Founding, the United States was an agrarian society of less than 4 million; a far cry from today. Purported great intellects tell us, among other things, that the Constitution is no longer relevant. Recently, by contrast, Angelo Codevilla said: What goes by the name “constitutional law” has been eclipsing the U.S. Constitution for a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Breaking: Electoral College Chooses Donald Trump as President

 

donald-trumpThe electors kept the faith:

Electoral College members across the nation voted to affirm President-elect Donald Trump’s victory on Monday, as liberal attempts to sway Republican electors to abandon Trump fizzled.

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Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies around Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russian government and analyzes the trajectory of Washington’s relationship with Moscow.

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Richard Epstein responds to the controversy over Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, Donald Trump’s national security team, and the president-elect’s skepticism of the One China policy.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The “Unfairness” of the Electoral College Didn’t Swing the 2016 Election

 
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2016 election results via google’s election map.

In the wake of the election, there have been renewed complaints about the Electoral College, specifically, how it unfairly rewards small states with disproportionate voting power. The supposed implication is that Donald Trump won the election, despite losing the national popular vote, because small states vote Republican. Well, I did a little number crunching.

If the Electoral College’s 538 votes were redistributed proportionally to their populations (i.e., removing the “bonus” small states receive from their senators) but kept the winner-take-all format, Trump would have won about 56 percent of the electoral votesIn real life, he won about 57 percent of the electoral votes (assuming he wins Michigan, Clinton wins New Hampshire, and Maine goes 3-1 for Clinton). If anyone’s been worried about the Electoral College favoring small states, it didn’t affect this election. The determining feature of the Electoral College this time around was its winner-take-all format, at least, outside of Maine and Nebraska.

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Why assume the popular vote is legitimate? Illegals can have Driver’s Licenses in CA; if this ID is presented, why would they not be allowed to vote? Picture this tableau: La Raza buses the illegals in and shouts “Racists!” if a poll watcher has questions. Rinse, Repeat. More

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