Still Bitter from 2016, Libs Push to Overhaul Electoral College

Following the stunning results of the 2016 election, bitter, failed Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and her equally bitter supporters keyed in on the fact that she amassed more of the national popular vote than her opponent, ignoring the fact that our nation utilizes the Constitutionally-mandated Electoral College system of state electors to determine the winners of presidential elections.

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for Clinton and her followers to begin demanding the Electoral College be abolished, and such demands have continued to this day. Clinton told CNN of the long-standing system in September, “I think it needs to be eliminated. I’d like to see us move beyond it, yes.”

Enter liberal Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, who, according to Fox News, has taken up the mantle of Electoral College reform and is leading the charge to change a system in which, he claimed, “most of America is ignored.”

Lessig is currently gathering plaintiffs for a lawsuit he intends to file which would force the Electoral College to change the way electors are divvied up within their individual states to more closely match the popular vote, instead of the current winner-take-all format used by 48 of the 50 states. He is going this route as scrapping the Electoral College altogether would take a Constitutional amendment.

The professor has put forward two main alternatives to the current system, the first being to adopt nationwide the practice followed by Maine and Nebraska, which divide their electors by way of the popular vote winner in each Congressional District.

The other alternative would be to adopt a proportional system, in which the winner of a state would garner the majority of electors while a losing candidate would still obtain a percentage of electors based on their share of the popular vote in that state.

While sore losers will no doubt jump at the chance to reform a system that they don’t seem to understand, the chair of the political science department at Sacred Heart University, Gary Rose, explained to Fox News how the current system is fine and pointed out the flaws in Lessig’s alternatives.

“Under a district plan, we could see a number of third-party candidates emerge, competing for a narrow portion of the vote by just running in congressional districts,” stated Rose. “A proportional system would be a recipe for France, a multi-party system, with a plethora of small parties that are hardly bigger than an interest group.”

As for the oft-dreamed about national popular vote, Rose said that would actually be worse than the current system in terms of certain states being ignored by candidates, a major complaint of folks like Lessig who decry the increased concentration on “swing states.”

“A national popular vote would be a detriment to the American people, and many voters would really feel disenfranchised if the campaign moved only to the urban areas,” stated Rose.

Interestingly, the election site 270ToWin gamed out how the 2016 election might have ended up had any of the alternative methods for dividing up the Electoral College been in place, and found that President Donald Trump still would have won.

In fact, while Trump won 306-232 under the current system, he still would have won by a margin of 290-248 under the Congressional District alternative.

The election would have been much closer under a proportional alternative, but even there Trump likely would have prevailed as he would have topped Clinton 267-265, with 6 votes going to third-party candidates, and the Republican-controlled House certainly bestowing victory upon the Republican candidate when it would fall to them to make the final determination, as per the Constitution.

All of that said, aside from five separate elections in our nation’s history — 2016, 2000, 1888, 1876 and 1824 — the winner of the popular vote has also won the Electoral College, rendering this proposal a fairly moot debate, as the current system works just fine the vast majority of the time.

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