In an interview with Buzzfeed, Harry Reid called the Electoral College “very undemocratic.”
“I believe that focusing on the Electoral College is important no matter how you do it, because what’s happened this decade, these last several elections, where we have clearly two elections, the Gore election and this election. In this election Hillary Clinton will wind up getting almost 3 million votes more than Trump. It’s time the system goes away. It is very undemocratic,” Reid said. “And we have a number of states that have taken care of this. It doesn’t have to be done with a constitutional amendment. And I think people should join together and get rid of this. It is unfair that presidential elections are focused on seven states. It’s wrong.”
Buzzed did not think those remarks worthy of being included in its online written account of the interview that appears on Facebook.
The 538 members of the Electoral College — one for each senator and representative from each state, plus the District of Columbia — are to convene on Dec. 19 to cast their ballots for the presidency.
The Electoral College was set up in order to provide more power to small states in selecting a president rather than allowing the more populous states to hold sway.
Even small states get three Electoral College votes even though proportionally by population they would get only one. Thus, states like Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas get one elector for each representative in Congress and each senator.
Perhaps, someone should tell Harry Reid, who has been in the Senate for 30 years, that the Senate was created to provide all states with an equal number of representatives in the upper chamber — very undemocratic. That is why the Electoral College was created, too, precisely to be undemocratic and protect the rights of the minorities and smaller states. It is a federalist system, not a democratic one.
Reid shortly after the election:
Perhaps, instead, we should repeal the 17th Amendment.
Repeal the 16th and 26th while we’re at it!
Raise the voting age to 35?
25 is when the frontal lobe becomes more fully developed. 35 is a good idea for late bloomers!
It seems as if it’s Harry who needs the educational tutorial…(you can’t fix stupid).
Letting go is hard to do, he wants to leave us with more of his snarky inanities to remember him for.
We are all living longer and Obamacare did make the age of responsibility 26 so….
35 isn’t a bad idea!
Harry may, perhaps, actually believe what he is saying but it is just as likely that he is simply part of the Democrat Greek Chorus questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s victory. That dirge will continue for the duration. Never mind that they have changed their previous position of decrying the lack of patriotism of those who even hinted that they did not want Obama to succeed.
Hard to understand the Republican Party from day to day. Talk about standing for nothing but another beer.
Out of one side of their mouths they castigate the “elite” whenever the Koch Brothers tell em (or should I say, pay em) to, and out of the other side they talk about what a great system the Electoral College is cause it was designed to, and still protects, the monied interests like the Kochs.
Takes a lot of big mouths to get these hypocritical positions out.
Course, I guess it’s what we got to learn to expect from Trumps Repulikkkan Party.
Kind of “warms the cockles of your heart”, doesn’t it, petey?
That’s the lefty wingnut formerly known as Patrick, Athos.
Perhaps I was wrong about republicans being hypocritical by attacking “elites” as a political strategy whenever it serves their ruling groups purposes, but defending as good and righteous the Electoral College system because that system serves the ruling classes needs to protect their minority interests. Maybe the republicans saying such things aren’t hypocritical.
Maybe they’re just too ignorant to know what they’re supporting.
Thanks Steve. Nothing like being insulted and talked down to by a communist loving clueless Patrick, is there?
” why can’t we all just get along?”
The new “handle” fits much better.
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