GOP: Fear the People
Jonathan Chait reports on a new attempt to discard the electoral college in favor of a popular vote. The article is worth reading on its own, but I found particularly interesting the objection raised by Rep John Doolitte (R-CA) to abolishing the electoral college:
"The left in America is nothing if not creative. Knowing that they can't beat us using existing election law, they have started a state by state effort to change the rules so their 'blue' states can unilaterally decide who will win the highest office in the land. The left-wing politicos in America know that turning the national elections into populist referendums will benefit their candidates."I had to read this a couple of times just ot make sure I wasn't missing something in Doolittle's argument. I was not. He is basically acknowledging that a popular vote would inevitably benefit Democrats, and that Republicans are only in power through the un-democratic electoral process that gives disproportionate power to small, conservative states. And he sees nothing wrong with that.