28 Jan

Don’t get me wrong, I really like the Electoral College for picking the president. It gives a modicum of moderateness in the presidential candidates, with the emphasis of states in the ideological middle at the expense, unfortunately, of those states that are not. Additionally, although Nebraska and Maine themselves allocate their electoral by district and then statewide, those states are good because they give an incentive, albeit small, to the candidate that would not normally have won the state to still try to appeal to that district which is in the benefit of the state (e.g. Obama really fought for the 2nd district of Nebraska giving an “Obamaha” exclamation point, a state he never had a chance to win but this campaign, nevertheless, spoke to the people of that district.). However, I have a different opinion for the larger states. Gerrymandering is so entrenched in the states that it would defeat the spirit of voting that it must be done by a majority of the area (district- or state-wide) and allocate votes on a very disproportionate basis. I wouldn’t mind if maybe the electoral votes were split on some kind of percentage basis, but this smacks of picking voters rather than voters picking you. Of course, most people would live to get rid of the Electoral College, but tactics like this does not really engender me to switch to the Republican Party for the foreseeable future.


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  1. Kuya Joshua January 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Personally, I find it shameful that the GOP is using such a tactic for the purpose of furthering their party. The electoral college was already flawed (Bush vs. Gore), and creating a system even more flawed is obviously not the right direction to go in.
    I was never a fan of the Republican Party, and tactics like these make are definitely not helping its case.

    • ronarruejo January 30, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Although I respectfully disagree with you about the Electoral College, I definitely agree that the GOP seems to put more thought into their restrictive/disenfranchising strategies (i.e. Voter ID laws and the ‘dis-allocation’ of electoral votes). It’d be nice if they actual talk about their policies and how it might/could benefit the country even though, of course, I generally disagree with them on most of their policies. You said it best – ‘shameful’ is what describes the GOP’s tactics perfectly.

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