December 7, 2016

Allies of Clinton talking with advocates of anti-Trump electoral college move

Politico - Advocates of the long-shot bid to turn the Electoral College against Donald Trump have been in contact with close allies of Hillary Clinton, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions, but the Clinton camp — and Clinton herself — have declined to weigh in on the merits of the plan.

Clinton's team and the Democratic National Committee have steadfastly refused to endorse the efforts spearheaded by a group of electors in Colorado and Washington state. But, as with the ongoing recounts initiated by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, the Clinton team has not categorically rejected them, leaving the collection of mainly Democratic electors to push forward with no explicit public support from the failed Democratic nominee or any other prominent party leaders.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

More efforts to discredit the fairness of the electoral college as originally outlined in our founding. The moves to sever apportionment to a set number of citizens has shifted the influence of the college disproportionately in favor of rural areas and away from that of the actual population centers. There is merit in the efforts to restore the original balance and ratios. But one such example thereof: http://www.thirty-thousand.org/

Guillermo Calvo Mahe said...

I believe that the Electoral College is an anachronism whose premises, having the best among us select the president, have long been non-existent, thus, it has no justification. Democracy was something to be avoided in the Constitution of 1787, instead relying on an elective oligarchic system centered on state legislatures. As democracy made slow, informal headway in the Electoral College and Senate, the system veered away from oligarchic federalism towards todays more democratic (albeit not democratic) and unitary system.

Nonetheless, the ludicrously reaction to candidate Trump’s refusal to pre-certify the electoral results lambasted by the mainstream media and his Democratic Party opponent and now revealed as sickly hypocritical sully consideration of this issue, at this time.

A pity. We desperately require constitutional reform on too many levels.

Anonymous said...

Since the Electoral College was designed to correct a mistake by the electorate, it should vote for none of the above this time.

Anonymous said...

what Guillermo said