Second Look At Electoral College Reform?
posted at 3:32 pm on December 17, 2012 by Duane Patterson
When polls tightened after the first presidential debate, you know, the one for which Barack Obama didn’t bother showing up, there was a lot of talk amongst the left, and it spilled over onto media outlets, about how antiquated the Electoral College was, and why don’t we just do away with it once and for all and go with popular vote. It’s a horrible idea, of course, but are there tweaks to the way states award Electoral College votes that would more accurately represent where Americans are at, politically? The GOP is starting to think so.
Underreported in all the bad news the last two presidential cycles is the fact that Repulicans have been gradually and methodically increasing their numbers in state houses, including full control of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Reid Wilson in the National Journal today explains how Republicans are contemplating using those new majorities to more level the Electoral College playing field by changing their system from winner-take-all to awarding them by Congressional districts.
Any such movement would bring about conflict like we just saw in Lansing, Michigan, except tenfold. But after being labeled by the left as racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynist, lying, greedy, murderous and crooked, I’m not sure being called a cheater for changing the system concerns me much.
The best example I can give why to support the plan?