Wait – I get four strikes

29 Jan

belushi-electoral-college-sizedWe all have met someone like this:

They start to lose so they want to change the rules of the game.

The Republican Party is looking at doing just that.

The Republican National Committee wrapped up its three-day meeting in North Carolina recently

The politicians started talking about their grand plan to win back Congress and the White House.

They want to do a better job reaching out to Latinos. (good idea)

They want to soften their tone when it comes to social issues. (good idea)

They want to do a better job with technology for getting-out-the-vote. (good idea)

Nothing unusual there.

Then there’s this –  some Republicans want to change the Electoral College system in the battleground states that Democrats have won in the last two elections.

The idea is award Electoral College votes by congressional district instead of the winner-take-all approach used by every state except Maine and Nebraska.

Why do that?

It give the Republicans a HUGE advantage.

You see, redistricting has concentrated the Democratic vote to just a handful of congressional districts in these battleground states.

Take Virginia: Obama won the state in 2012 by four percentage points and by about 150,000 votes — and he took all of the state’s 13 electoral votes.

Under the grand plan, Mitt Romney would have won nine of the state’s electoral votes to Obama’s four.

Look at this way – if every electoral vote in the country was awarded by congressional district (plus two votes to the statewide winner), Romney would have defeated Obama, 276 to 262 in electoral votes (instead of Obama winning 332 to 206).

Sneaky, huh?

There’s a downside to everything, of course.

One, the Republicans pushing these changes are admitting their party problems heading into 2016 are so big that they have to change the rules in order to win.

In other words, they’re trying to rig the system.

Two, the proposed changes would only speed up efforts to have the popular vote – and not the Electoral College – decide the presidential winner.

Many see that as a fairer system.

All this points out the GOP is further out-of-step with the country than anyone thought.

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