Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on April 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

New York has joined the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in determining winners of presidential elections.

Under the National Popular Vote Compact, which Gov. Cuomo signed off on Tuesday, the state has agreed to award its electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote

The compact only takes effect once enough states have signed on to give it the required 270 electoral college votes. With New York’s participation, the movement has 165 votes.

“With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation’s presidential elections,” Cuomo said.

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Replacing the Electoral College by electing the U.S. president through the national popular vote is as democratic an ideal as there is, says Democratic strategist Ben Wikler.

“The uniting principal is actually the idea that votes should count,” Wikler told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” Thursday on Newsmax TV.”

“So the question is now, do we want to be divided into red states and blue states, or do we all want to be Americans voting for president just the way as our brothers and sisters in other states across the country? Both parties should be competing for a national mandate, should be competing for support from a majority of Americans.”…

“I don’t know of any place in the debates among the Founding Fathers where they said that a small sliver of swing states should determine who becomes president,” he said.

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The best case for passing the law might be this map from the National Popular Vote group, which shows how many 2012 presidential campaign events were held in each state between the party conventions and the election:

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You’ll notice that the majority of states never saw Romney or Obama at all, because their electoral votes were already foregone conclusions. And when a president can get elected by basically ignoring the specific needs and interests of most of the states in the country, that is, like, pretty messed up.

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This got me wondering: Which states get the worst deal from the Electoral College, technically speaking? Everyone knows that the good people of Wyoming make out like bandits, but which voters are least represented in a presidential contest?

I assumed that since the least populated states are the most preposterously over-represented, the largest states, like California and Texas, would suffer the most when compared against the ideal of a “one-person, one vote” standard.

Nope!…

In any case, as Hertzberg makes clear, every state that doesn’t have a delicate ideological balance is actually getting screwed by the Electoral College — that is to say, practically all of them. However, it is still striking to note that the vote of a Wyoming resident is weighted nearly three and half times more than that of a Pennsylvania resident. Not to mention that it’s theoretically possible to win the presidency with nearly 80 percent of the population voting against you.

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N.P.V. is a good idea for all sorts of high-minded civic reasons. When an election is for a single office and only one candidate can win, it’s obviously outrageous when the candidate who gets more votes somehow loses to the one who gets fewer. But that doesn’t happen very often—”only” four of our thirty-nine elected Presidents, including “only” one of the two most recent, made it to the White House despite the citizenry’s preference for somebody else. What’s more outrageous is what happens every time: four-fifths of the states are ignored in the general election.

If you live in one of those states, you see neither hide nor hair of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominees, scarcely even in television commercials. Grassroots politics does not exist in your state as far as the Presidential campaign is concerned, because there’s no point in ringing your neighbors’ doorbells if the statewide outcome is a foregone conclusion. The relative power of money vs. people is magnified, because while campaign cash is raised everywhere, including your state, it gets funnelled exclusively into places like Ohio and Florida. And, between elections, states like yours get measurably less federal attention and federal money, per capita, than is lavished on the swingin’ few.

But it’s not just the voters in those spectator states who are ignored. It’s also the politicians, including the state legislators—no matter which party they belong to, no matter whether their state is red or blue, no matter whether the sure winner in their state is the candidate of their party or the other party. Either way, they’re nobodies. The National Popular Vote plan would make them somebodies—and that, perhaps more than the high-minded stuff, is why N.P.V. has a pretty good chance of actually happening

The absence of red states from the roster is due largely to to a suspicion among Republican politicians and operatives that N.P.V. is somehow an attempt to get revenge for 2000. In opinion polls, Republican rank-and-filers, as distinct from Party professionals, strongly favor the idea of popular election. And a nontrivial number of Republican pros favor the plan itself.

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Here’s the problem: All the states to have joined so far are very blue. Until some purple states and red states sign on, the compact has little in the way of territory to conquer…

Perhaps the compact can get Delaware, Connecticut and Maine to join, where Obama also won by 15 percentage points or more. But they account for only 14 total electoral votes (and Maine already has a unique way of apportioning electoral votes). Oregon and New Mexico also re-elected Obama by double-digit margins — and those two states have become increasingly off-limits to Republican presidential candidates — but have just 12 electoral votes between them.

After that, you get into states such as Michigan and Minnesota, which are blue-leaning but that receive plenty of attention from presidential campaigns. Their votes might not be quite as influential in the Electoral College as the campaigns presume — a Democrat who lost Minnesota would probably be in too much trouble elsewhere to cobble together a 270-vote majority. Still, they receive an influx of media dollars and political pandering every four years, and probably have little incentive to bite the hand that feeds them.

Soon after comes outright swing states, such as Ohio, New Hampshire and Colorado. These states, along with Florida, Virginia, Nevada, Iowa, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, collectively had a 98.6 percent chance of determining the Electoral College winner in 2012, according to the FiveThirtyEight tipping-point index as it was calculated on election morning. In other words, these nine states are 70 times more powerful than the other 41 (which collectively had a 1.4 percent chance of determining the winner) combined. That’s part of the reason so many Americans object to the Electoral College. But states whose voters have a disproportionate amount of influence may be in no mood to give it up.

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Why are Democrats pushing this plan?

Democrats usually see a smaller percentage of their people go to the polls than Republicans do.

Under the electoral vote system, they figure why beat the drums to get a high turnout in New York City when the state will go Democratic anyway? But if it’s the popular vote that matters, the big-city machines can do their thing — with devastating impact

If the popular vote determines who will be the next president, we can bet that the machines will be out in force lining up voters, real and phony, to pad their statistics.

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It comes down to whether parties have confidence in their policies and ability to earn majorities. If you do, you can be confident in winning majority support in a truly representative democracy.

Under the current system, however, majority support does not guarantee electoral success. In any given election, one party or the other can have an advantage based on the vagaries of the leanings of a few swing states. Republicans used to have an edge, but in recent elections, pundits like Nate Silver of 538 convincingly argue that Democrats have had an edge. The 2016 race, however, is anyone’s guess. We know that there will be a distortion — but we don’t know who it will help…

Nothing would be better for restoring Americans’ faith in their elected officials if those officials made it clear that voters and their democracy come first. Our political leaders should be willing to allow fair completion and encourage high participation in exchange for earning the consent of the governed as intended by our Constitution.


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listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

RATSO! Welcome to all the OR noobs
Calling all new Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons & trolls…

:)

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

When is New york going to that earthquake……

And succeed…

Electrongod on April 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Bishop!
(This is how you do it noobs–pay attention)

Doc Holliday on April 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

What church denomination do you belong to and why were you ‘needed’ at Maundy Thursday services tonight?

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Why are liberals always trying to fix stuff and inevitably their ideas make everything worse? Leave stuff alone.

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Wench reportin’ in for duty ;D

Good evenin’ all you rowdy folks!!

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Bmore’s HA tutorial for noobs.
HT, bluefox…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Our political leaders should be willing to allow fair completion and encourage high participation in exchange for earning the consent of the governed as intended by our Constitution.

What our political “leaders” need to do is follow the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

bluefox on April 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Hey conservative babes, love y’all…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Libs/progs have a serious disease called fixitis, it leaves them blundering and blubbering like big baboons…

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Thanks darlin’:-)

bluefox on April 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Ban the electoral college, pass amnesty, and BAM! you have one-party rule for the foreseeable future.

predator on April 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Another wench…

Horatia on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Even with “Open Enrolment” comments are down…

… Maybe it has something to do with those auto-play ads that keep playing every time you open a thread and refresh your posts.

Or the selection of stories to cover, and those chosen NOT to cover, until it’s all over…

Well, I’ve been absent and only lurking for a while, so it’s no big deal…

… Just thought I’d mention it.

Night all…!

*Clinky!*

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

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What church denomination do you belong to and why were you ‘needed’ at Maundy Thursday services tonight?

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

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Audio sound-board.
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The Church I belong to is ‘Presbyterian’, but I’m no more Presbyterian than I am a ‘Satanist’ (and, no … I’m not comparing the two).

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Wench reportin’ in for duty ;D

Good evenin’ all you rowdy folks!!

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

LOLZ! I put out a call for the noobs. You are just an oldie but a good one darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

It seems like NY would also want to get rid of the US Senate, that is not representative of the population as is the US House.

Good, nix the senate, and let the US House of Representatives rule the land. I’ll bet the Dems would love that, considering the the Repubs probably have a lock on the House for the next decade or two.

anotherJoe on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

RATSO! Welcome to all the OR noobs
Calling all new Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons & trolls…

:)

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Yes, welcome noobs!

I have the paddles, the hot peppers, and the dirty socks. We need grapefruit, whipped cream, buckets of sand. We’ll make them go get the underwear as one of the tasks…

Gingotts on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

If you get rid of the electoral college the president will always be elected by the cities. Rural areas will be disenfranchised.

crankyoldlady on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

“We don’t need no stinkin’ checks & balances …”

– The Democrat Party Criminal Conspiracy

ShainS on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

However, it is still striking to note that the vote of a Wyoming resident is weighted nearly three and half times more than that of a Pennsylvania resident

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I was born and raised in Laramie and I’ve been to Philly, The rest of the country can be thankful for those numbers.

MichaelGabriel on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Night all…!

*Clinky!*

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

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Nitey nite, 7%.

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Heh, you ain’t lyin’!

*clink*

God Bless and good night 7%!!

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Always wonderful to see you here darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

You are just an oldie but a good one darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Thanks darlin’ :)

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Ahhh, gotcha’

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Readin’ comments with left eye, watching “Vikings” with right eye.

Getting very, very dizzy.

predator on April 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Without the Electoral College voter fraud would rule the land as just Illinois and New York alone could vote early and often to victory every time. The Electoral College is based on the combined numbers of the Senate and House, it was the compromise that brought America into being. And in any case those arguing to abolish the Electoral College should by all logic, other than criminal intent, first argue to abolish the Senate which, unlike the House, is not based on anything at all like population.

Cow Moo is just up to voter fraud ruling.

VorDaj on April 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Yes, welcome noobs!

I have the paddles, the hot peppers, and the dirty socks. We need grapefruit, whipped cream, buckets of sand. We’ll make them go get the underwear as one of the tasks…

Gingotts on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I can supply the whipped cream!! ;)

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I was up so late last night on QOTD and I think a night or two before that, so I want to post a couple of things. Just bookmark them since QOTD moves pretty fast to take time to read:-)

HD- Sheriff Richard Mack, CSPOA at Cliven Bundy Press Conference 4/14/14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPsPjkobJ88&feature=player_detailpage

The website of Mr. Bundy’s Daughter:

http://bundyranch.blogspot.com/

Her website has current info and a lot of info.

bluefox on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I *flove* when my conservative babes call me darlin’ back. I want a dance with all of you…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Hey conservative babes, love y’all…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Love you (and Ratso) too!

Hey, Scrumpy!

Welcome to the new HotAirans!

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

If you get rid of the electoral college the president will always be elected by the cities. Rural areas will be disenfranchised.

crankyoldlady on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

That’s so true!! :)

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Let’s Go Blues! Tied it 3-3 with less than 2 min to go!

Murphy9 on April 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Good evenin’ Rhonda!! :) (hope that’s right, and may I call you that)?

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I can supply the whipped cream!! ;)

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Good good. We’ll need that. First noob to strike when they wanted to quote has to run all the way to Twitchy and back wearing nothing but the contents of the Reddi-Wip can…

Gingotts on April 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I use Win7/IE9 and finally solved it!! I have streaming radio on with Flash Player Enabled. I have HA and other websites that I just want to read with Flash Player Disabled. Works like a charm since I don’t need F.P. to read and post.

If you don’t use IE, disregard, LOL

bluefox on April 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Welcome to any and all n00bs to dare to show themselves here tonight, expect a ‘hazing’ of enormous proportions!! {{winkwink}}

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Cocktail Saucy Wench checkin’ in.

Welcome to the newly registered.

I hope you are buying tonight. I need a triple.

Tween completed the Teal hair project and dyed herself (hands, shoulders, back of neck, part of her chest) and my bathroom sink Teal (and Purple for drama). I can’t tell how it looks cuz I can’t stop looking at the Teal hands.

Reminds of when she was 2ish and I gave her a pumpkin to fingerpaint. The pix still make me laugh. There is paint everywhere even on the pumpkin.

kringeesmom on April 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I’m for keeping the electoral college, but I think House seats should be apportioned by square miles, not population.

That would mean Wyoming would get more House seats than Pennsylvania, almost as many as California.

Texas and Alaska would make out like bandits.

MichaelGabriel on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Save a dance for me, you too COL and whoever else I missed. Things are moving fast tonight. Where is PaperGirl?

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Without the Electoral College voter fraud would rule the land as just Illinois and New York alone could vote early and often to victory every time.

VorDaj on April 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Right. You can look at it like, as the Titanic had “compartments” to so breaches would be contained (but ALL the compartments were breached…), each state would serve as a compartment where electoral fraud would be limited to that state. This has got to be unconstitutional.

anotherJoe on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Gingotts on April 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Are we gonna roll them in the sand or what?

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

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Ahhh, gotcha’

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

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Tomorrow night there’s a community “joint” evening service at another Church, just up the road that several people from our church (including our Pastor) will be attending, and probably including me as well.

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

kringeesmom on April 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I want a dance with you too, you silver fox, you…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I can supply the whipped cream!! ;)

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Good good. We’ll need that. First noob to strike when they wanted to quote has to run all the way to Twitchy and back wearing nothing but the contents of the Reddi-Wip can…

Gingotts on April 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Why whipped?

Horatia on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Good evenin’ Rhonda!! :) (hope that’s right, and may I call you that)?

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

That’s right and you may. Doing well?

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

This has got to be unconstitutional.

anotherJoe on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Like anyone of the pols could give a rats ass about the Constitution!

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

On the matter of New York, hotgas registration was weighted to New York and Massawhatsis, as opposed to say Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, because the open registration time span was right on the mark for the east, but early for the west. Just sayin’.

VorDaj on April 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Bmore’s HA tutorial for noobs.
HT, bluefox…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Well, crap. I’ve been doing it wrong all this time.

davidk on April 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Oh yes! I am here :)

I’s always good when I am here… ;D

Hope you are too :)

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

If we ban the college, I want to go the way of the Senate, not the way of the House.

Axe on April 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Holy week is so humbling, reminds me that I am Chief of Sinners…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Save a dance for me, you too COL and whoever else I missed. Things are moving fast tonight. Where is PaperGirl?

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Request a waltz with a dip or two. Sure is moving fast tonight. Like the newbies I’ve read so far.

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Texas and Alaska would make out like bandits.

MichaelGabriel on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

You and I have a similar point of view on this. :)

Axe on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I’m for keeping the electoral college, but I think House seats should be apportioned by square miles, not population.

MichaelGabriel on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Excellent idea. Land has inherent value, especially in terms of the agrarian ideal that TJ envisioned for this country. Why should cities that have people crammed in to the gills with half of them being illegals or whatnot, half of them don’t even have a high school degree and can barely write and why should they determine our country’s fate? Why should these overstuffed cities be over-represented? Huh?

Well, allot seats by square miles. An outstanding idea!!!!

anotherJoe on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I *flove* when my conservative babes call me darlin’ back. I want a dance with all of you…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Ready to dance!

kringeesmom on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

VorDaj on April 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I think that results from any states east/middle should NOT be revealed until pols are all closed on west coast…

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I’m going to chase Scrumpy until I get either a kiss or a slap.

SparkPlug on April 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Must not have been many newbies getting through today. Looks like the regulars, which is cool.

KCB on April 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I’m going to chase Scrumpy until I get either a kiss or a slap.

SparkPlug on April 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

You are good for both darlin’!! {{{smooches}}} :D

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

California should be required. New York is good. They must be really confident in their progressiveness , regardless of the party, though.

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Where is OP? I’m starving:-)

bluefox on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

My favorite Sexaphone player.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LHrHo-WNww

SparkPlug on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Desperado – Cooper

thatsafactjack on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

KCB on April 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Evenin’ Ken, good to see you :)

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

If any part of Glenn Beck’s name was in my userid, I would have got another userid during this last registration, assuming I saw it, what with Beck’s lying about Bundy’s supporters saying they were like OWS, where such things as rapes and drugging and out of control dedicating were common. Glenn Beck should now be called Harry Reid Jr. I guess your stuck with it now though.

VorDaj on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

MichaelGabriel on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

That’ll happen.

Horatia on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Must not have been many newbies getting through today. Looks like the regulars, which is cool.

KCB on April 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

There are some real quality ones that got in, not much quantity, but there are at least three who will be joining us. I specifically invited them…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I’m for keeping the electoral college, but I think House seats should be apportioned by square miles, not population.

MichaelGabriel on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Excellent idea. Land has inherent value, especially in terms of the agrarian ideal that TJ envisioned for this country. Why should cities that have people crammed in to the gills with half of them being illegals or whatnot, half of them don’t even have a high school degree and can barely write and why should they determine our country’s fate? Why should these overstuffed cities be over-represented? Huh?

Well, allot seats by square miles. An outstanding idea!!!!

anotherJoe on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Especially, since they are trying to force even more people into the cities.

31giddyup on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Thank you, Sir. Probably won’t be around long….work tomorrow.

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

I guess since we allow parasites to vote in every state, the EC means little now.

The Founders NEVER intended for parasites to vote. The Constitution and our republic cannot last if we do.

Look, people, America, for all intents and purposes, is finished.

Lanceman on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

VorDaj on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

You ain’t lyin’! What’s up with Glenn? He is losing it, I can hardly stand to listen to him…

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Bmore’s HA tutorial for noobs.
HT, bluefox…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I am scrutinizing the tutorials closely to see if any of my posts are included.

I want my share of the royalties.

davidk on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Well, crap. I’ve been doing it wrong all this time.

davidk on April 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

LOL

bluefox on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Diamonds and Rust – Judas Priest

thatsafactjack on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Hey Scrump! How about a kiss and a slap? Sparky has all the luck!

KCB on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

MG is by far the best dancer, plus her super brain knows how to write like nobody’s business.

Did I forget to mention her rack?

*stands still to receive a smooch*

SparkPlug on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

thatsafactjack on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Hey you. Long time no see.
*xoxo*

predator on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

SparkPlug on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

*Smooooch*!:)

thatsafactjack on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

In a federal country like the United States, States are sovereign and independent.

The entire point of the National Popular Vote Compact is to take some sovereignty and independence away from the States. The left has had the federal government infringe on the States for decades. This is nothing new.

And when I say “the left” I’m not just talking about democratics.

jaime on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Noms to look for? A friend of OC……

KCB on April 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Save a dance for me, you too COL and whoever else I missed. Things are moving fast tonight. Where is PaperGirl?

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Not able to dance tonight Omaha.

crankyoldlady on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

KCB on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Lolz.

/Alfalfa Post Turtle smooch bandit

SparkPlug on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Thank you, Sir. Probably won’t be around long….work tomorrow.

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Then let me have this dance before you go…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

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Holy week is so humbling, reminds me that I am Chief of Sinners…

OmahaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

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Oh … well then … in that case, I guess I’m “holier than thou.”

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Why whipped?

Horatia on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

To symbolize the whip of big government against our liberty and um… I dunno, just eat a hot pepper and chug a beer, already.

Oh, and Bishop gets first comment on QOTD, whether personally or in absentia.

Gingotts on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

predator on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Good evening, predator. :) It’s very good to see you. It has been a while. I plead a massive workload.

I hope you’ve been well, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Look, people, America, for all intents and purposes, is finished.

Lanceman on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

It is and I have to say I am sad to agree with you, and Schadenfreude 100%…

The govts of the past, and mostly this one, has successfully divided the people with lies…

I am heartsickened by it all…

Divide and Conquer, and they are succeeding, the effing STUPID people who can’t see past their noses, are the ones who are destroying this country…

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I think that results from any states east/middle should NOT be revealed until pols are all closed on west coast…

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I agree. I’d really like to see the Primary to be one day for all States, just like we have the General Election day.

bluefox on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

thatsafactjack on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

WOW. That one put some glide in my stride. I just might retire the scooter for the night and take a nice walk.

SparkPlug on April 17, 2014 at 11:11 PM

KCB on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Here they come!! {{slap}} {{smooch}} ;)

Scrumpy on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I plead a massive workload.

I hope you’ve been well, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I plead horse races and hospitals, but yeah, I’m well.

Care to polish the floor with a graceful sashay?

predator on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

What’s with all the psych articles in the headlines.

Somebody get a new subscription to Psychology Today?

davidk on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Merm will Lance you.

Hey that doesn’t sound right.

SparkPlug on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I’m for keeping the electoral college, but I think House seats should be apportioned by square miles, not population.

MichaelGabriel on April 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Well at least we need a compromise. Population is getting too concentrated, so rural areas and many larger states are being under-represented, even though we have the Senate which was supposed to accommodate the less populated states. The concentrated pockets of population is just way out of control.

Yeah, compromise. Use a formula to determine House seats that takes into account both population and square miles.

And senate seats. Give the huge states like Alaska and Wyoming more than 2 senators, and the small tiny states like Rhode Island and Delaware: 1 senator.

anotherJoe on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

2006. The day the music died.

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Look, people, America, for all intents and purposes, is finished.

Lanceman on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

No sir, we are in good shape. Even other countries embrace our culture.

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Glenn Beck should now be called Harry Reid Jr. I guess your stuck with it now though.

VorDaj on April 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Reid came out today and called the American Patriots that went to Nevada to support Mr. Bundy, domestic terroists.

bluefox on April 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

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