The recent decision by the 10th Circuit court has renewed interest in two things: first, the Electoral College and the possibility of so-called “Faithless Electors.” Second, the idea of the interstate compact known as “The National Popular Vote.”
The idea of the second is to “guarantee” that the person who gets the most “popular votes” wins the Presidency. We’ve talked about it before and nothing has changed my opinion that is is an unwise idea, an unconstitutional idea and most of all, a completely unworkable idea. Even if you get the necessary States to agree to it, it will only work until California is forced to give it’s electoral votes to a Republican. That day will come, maybe not in my lifetime, but it has and will happen again. When that happens, the whole thing would unravel in a barrage of lawsuits and sudden realizations that it was unconstitutional, to begin with.
But for today, there is an idea floating about that the 10th Circuit Courts ruling about electors is a death knell to the NPV. If you follow the logic, it kind of makes sense. but – and this happens far too often – the whole picture isn’t being taken into consideration.
At the end of the day, the Supreme Court will have much more to say about both issues than anybody seems willing to accept right now…
(1) NEVER bet on the Broncos when they are playing in the Eastern Time Zone
(2) I will always forget my second point because it’s a throwaway point mandated by bad hermetics teachers.
(3) Anybody – and I mean ANYBODY and EVERYBODY – who claims that the Electoral College is “unfair,” and should be eliminated has no clue – none whatsoever – as to why it exists in the first place.
Which always makes me wonder how they get elected to Congress in the first place.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced two Constitutional Amendments today on the opening day of the new Congress. The first would eliminate the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States. The second would limit the presidential pardon power by prohibiting presidents from pardoning themselves, members of their families, members of their administrations and their campaign staff. Congressman Cohen made the following statement: