Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation on Tuesday to get rid of the Electoral College, after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election despite leading in the popular vote.
“In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote,” Boxer said in a statement. “In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted, ‘The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy. I couldn’t agree more. One person, one vote!”
She added that Clinton, whom she supported, is “on track to have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama.”
“The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately,” she said.
Another way to look at the Electoral College is to consider it like the World Series. Sure, throughout the entirety of the series one team may score more runs than the other team, but it is the result of each game that determines the winner of the series.
Just because one team outscored the other by 100 runs does not mean that the team with the most runs wins. It is the team that wins the most games. The same principle applies to the Electoral College.
Everyone hates the electoral college when it doesn’t go their way. But as the above article stated, it ensures that all of the states get a say, not just the states where large quantities of people need to huddle together to reassure each other and tell each other how to think.
But I want to say something on this.
- Whether or not you think the process is democratic is completely irrelevant. Contrary to popular opinion, the United States is not a democracy. Never has been. We are a constitutional republic. And that isn’t just semantics… it’s important. The Founding Fathers did this on purpose.
- A bill isn’t going to do it. You would have to amend the Constitution. And amending the Constitution is not done with the passage of a bill. (Constitutional Topic: The Electoral College).
- Does Boxer know this? Yes, she does. Mark my words, she does. She knows a bill isn’t going to abolish the electoral college, and even if it could, the likelihood of that bill passing is slim. But what she is hoping is that A. her constituents don’t know that, or least don’t care, and caring about things like this is not a strong point for some folks B. she’ll get brownie points for trying after those constituents are done having orgasms over it, meaning they’ll vote for her again and C. maybe there will be discussion of some ways to “reform” the electoral college that don’t require a Constitutional amendment. So keep an eye out for “electoral college reform” talk sometime in the near future.