Following Donald Trump’s triumph over Hillary Clinton, we’ve seen a renewed push from the Left to abolish the electoral college. I doubt we’d see them react the same way had it been Hillary Clinton who won the electoral college but lost the popular vote.
Liberals seem intent on trying to alter elections rather than win them, and I have no problem with that. It’s led to them losing the presidency, House, Senate, majority of State legislatures, and Governorships. Seems like a good deal for Republicans if you ask me.
Meanwhile, myths about the electoral college have never been so rampant. My favorite from the Left is that it was a system created to benefit white slave owners….which I seemed to miss when Alexander Hamilton was explaining the need for it in The Federalist Papers. We have an electoral college because America is NOT a democracy – it’s a republic.
As one writer explains, “Many, in more populous states argue that this [the electoral college system] is unfair, that states with low populations like Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota etc. receive disproportionate voting power in the presidential election. This is a fallacy to assume that people are the only factor that should decide an election. What states produce our food, deliver us our oil, provide us our coal and let us extract their numerous other natural resources? Hint: it sure as hell isn’t Massachusetts. The less populous states have always been areas that provided important resources to our population centers, and the founders identified that, which is why they are given an elector count that is not proportional to their populations.”
And look as the results of this election, and it’s a case study in why we NEED an electoral college. In fact, if we went only by the popular vote, one State would’ve decided the election: California. As Investors Business Daily reported:
While Clinton’s overall margin looks large and impressive, it is due to Clinton’s huge margin of victory in one state — California — where she got a whopping 4.3 million more votes than Trump.
California is the only state, in fact, where Clinton’s margin of victory was bigger than President Obama’s in 2012 — 61.5% vs. Obama’s 60%. But California is the exception that proves the true genius of the Electoral College — which was designed to prevent regional candidates from dominating national elections.
In recent years, California has been turning into what amounts to a one-party state. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of Californian’s who registered as Democrats climbed by 1.1 million, while the number of registered Republicans dropped by almost 400,000.
What’s more, many Republicans in the state had nobody to vote for in November.
There were two Democrats — and zero Republicans — running to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer. There were no Republicans on the ballot for House seats in nine of California’s congressional districts.
At the state level, six districts had no Republicans running for the state senate, and 16 districts had no Republicans running for state assembly seats.
Thank GOD California isn’t the deciding factor in our elections. We’ve all seen how they run their State, and the rest of the country quite justifiably wants no part of it.