Friday, January 25, 2013

The GOP Electoral College plan would undermine democracy

So says Larry Saboto at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.  They asked Alan Abramwitz from Emory University to examine the proposal being pushed by RNC Chair Reince Priebus to award electoral college votes based upon Congressional districts.  Professor Abramwitz found that because of gerrymandered Congressional districts, the plan pushed by Herr Priebus would allow Republicans to win the White House even has they lose the popular vote by many million votes. 

Under Herr Priebus plan, even as Mitt Romney lost the popular vote by 5 million votes, he would have won the White House with 11 more electoral votes than those awarded to Barack Obama.

Calling Priebus plan "a corrupt and cynical maneuver to frustrate popular will,"Professor Saboto sees the Republican party is a death spiral,
Republicans face a choice that can best be characterized by personalizing it. A healthy, optimistic party is Reaganesque, convinced that it can win the future by embracing it, and by making a positive case for its philosophy and candidates to all Americans. A party in decline is Nixonian and fears the future; it sees enemies everywhere, feels overwhelmed by electoral trends, and thinks it can win only by cheating, by subverting the system and stacking the deck in its favor. Whose presidency was more successful, Reagan’s or Nixon’s? Which man made the Republican brand more appealing?
That pretty much sums it up. Priebus talks minority outreach, but he is convinced the GOP cannot win the White House as long as majority rule selects the President.

Contrast how far the Chairman of the Republican Party is willing to go with Harry Reid's refusal to reform filibuster in the Senate? It's no wonder the American people see Democrats as feckless losers.

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