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November 07, 2004


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One could see the call for the abolition of the Electoral College coming, especially after the 2000 election. This would be a mistake of incalculable magnitude. Without going into lengthy specifics, I will simply say that the Electoral College system has produced a system of constitutional government that has survived 215 years and remains vigorous and envied throughout the world. The winner-take-all awarding of each State's delegation has served to encourage a two-party system that is fundamentally centrist, and to discourage potentially dangerous third party movements. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," as we say out here in the hinterlands.

Colorado had a referendum on the ballot last Tuesday for proportional electoral votes but it failed to pass.

Think about it. Why would any of the strong Dem or strong Rep states want to do this? I.e. NJ goes Democratic almost every time. Why would the Dems who run the state want to give up one or more of our 15 electoral votes to the opposition? Ditto in a strong GOP state?

One other possibility suggested would be assigning the electoral votes by winner in each congressional district, but that runs up against the same argument from the above paragraph.

I say give it a try, but Iowa is too small a petri dish. Let's see how it goes first in California, New York, and Illinois.

I can live with that for 2008.

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