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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Thursday, August 02, 2007

At It Again

Concerned that rigged voting machines may not do the trick in 2008, Republican operatives are pushing a ballot initiative to apportion California's massive pile of electoral votes because "it would be more fair." Naturally, there is no similar move to apportion the electoral votes of Texas...

Probably worth mentioning at this point that the Electoral College has morphed out of all resemblence to its originally intended function. The Founders meant for the College (comprised of the "better sort" from each state) to separate the wheat from the chaff and select the three best Presidential candidates, who would then be chosen by the House of Representatives (with the Vice President being chosen by the Senate).

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2 Comments:

Blogger Kvatch said...

It's crazy, isn't it. We'd need Texas and at least one other state to balance out. But really, the whole Electoral College should be dumped.

I was very hopeful that the Popular Vote Movement would catch on, but so far not much...uh...movement in the movement.

And, before I forget my manners, thanks for the mention.

8/03/2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

The Electoral College will remain in place, unchanged, up until the moment the House of Representatives next has to choose a President (since 1824, when they saved us from Andrew Jackson for four years). At that moment, it will be abolished, since it's ahrd to imagine anything more catastrophic politcally than the House picking a President, particularly if the popular vote winner is from a different party than the one that controls the House.

8/03/2007 11:22 PM  

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