I recently got an email from a friend that asked me to contribute to the debate about the Electoral College….I turned her down because I was not interested because for years I had been writing about the need for its elimination and as usual NO one was reading or listening….and then 2016 happened and there was a renewed interest in the elimination……
I decided to do a short series on the EC….trying to give both sides of the debate…….
Electors were intended to be faceless hacks whose independent exercise of judgment was neither wanted nor permitted.
Here is Question One on this year’s Constitutional Law exam.
The “electoral college” is
a terrible idea that has gone wrong repeatedly and now bids fair to destroy the Republic.
a wise creation of all-wise “Founding Fathers” who foresaw precisely this moment and set up the “college” to protect the People from themselves.
Both of the above, even though that makes no sense at all.
WTF? How did we get here?
At least from now until December 19, when the electors will meet in the state capitals to vote, we are likely to hear a good deal about answer 3 from Democrats and supporters of Hillary Clinton. (In the spirit of disclosure, I am both.)
In my opinion, the EC has outlived its usefulness as part of the process….now it only serves the two party system and the media….it is used to drive the conversation and determine which states will be important.
The popular vote is the only logical way to elect a president in the 21st century.
Even a supporter of the EC has changed his mind and says time for it to go!
The man who would have been the 43rd president if the Electoral College weren’t in place thinks it’s time to ditch it. Al Gore, who won the popular vote but lost the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000, tells NBC News that he’s changed his mind about how America picks its leader. “I think moving to a popular vote system is not without peril, is not without problems,” he says, per the Hill. “But I think the balance has shifted, in my mind at least, and I think that we should go to a popular vote.” Among other things, he says it would “stimulate public participation” like no other election reform, adding that it’s “pathetic how our system is not working today.”
Time for this dinosaur (the EC not Gore…but it is a thought) to be put in a museum where it belongs…