Look, I get it. The Electoral College is old and dumb and undemocratic. At least that’s what I would probably think too if I had no context or depth of understanding for why it exists.
This is the only explanation I can deduce for why Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) thinks that getting rid of it is a good idea and that a straight popular vote wouldn’t be even more problematic.
Senator Boxer’s real ignorance about how our federal government is set up and why shows in her statement issued regarding the bill:
“In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote. The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts.”
Apparently, Senator Boxer thinks that our Founders didn’t consider a popular vote. That their reasons for electing the president through the Electoral College had nothing to do with the time they lived in and the problems they foresaw still exist today. Perhaps even more so. She, and others who wish to see it abolished, obviously don’t understand that the Electoral College is a necessary function of federalism and the best way to ensure that the voters in each state are represented equally (in the Senate) and proportionally (in the House of Representatives).
It’s not there simply to screw with Democrats.
Senator Boxer claims that she wants everyone to feel like their vote counts. But somehow she is failing to recognize that under her proposal of a straight popular vote, only about four states could decide the presidency, which flies in the face of her stated goal. Our Founders thought about this and decided against it for obvious reasons.
I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Senator Boxer’s bill goes nowhere. Even if there were enough constitutionally ignorant dopes in the Senate and House that would vote “yea,” three-quarters of the states would have to ratify it over the next seven years to get it passed as an amendment. And while I am certain some would gladly cede more power to the federal government, many more would not.
In reality, Senator Boxer’s bill is a repeat attempt to dismantle the electoral process because Democrats are mad that their corrupt candidate, who they sacrificed all for, won’t be the first woman president. Let them have their temper tantrum, I suppose.
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