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The Electoral College, Under Attack

disecke Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 8:39 PM
Here I agree with you. The only part where I disagree is that that I say that the EC is not Republican/Federalist as it currently stands, due to mandates that the States not choose Electors but rather have them selected via balloting within the State. That is a huge difference, and its precisely analogous to the reason why Amendment XVII matters as well. People, such as yourself, seem to be confused about this, thinking that the EC gives the states some power over the the Federal government, or at least a check. Sadly, as it currently stands, it does nothing of the sort; unless that State happens to be a swing state with a large number of Electors.
jmonaco Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 4:19 PM
No confusion here. Let's just agree to disagree on the interpretation of the text of the 14th Amendment. I don't think it says what you believe it does. The EC system was originally devised without foresight that a generation of the ignorant and evil would circumvent it with the adoption of the17th Amendment. I think we would be more true to the original intent of the framers if the 17th were repealed. I think we agree on that.

As Tuesday’s election ticks ever nearer, my fervent wish is a solid electoral college win for Mitt Romney. Not to get greedy, but I’d like it in the bag before the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

I hope this is not asking too much. October’s poll swing and a broadening visceral sense tell me this election may not feature the nail-biting closeness we have been told to expect for months.

But if we are to be ensnared by a down-to-the-wire finish, get ready for the attendant micro-focus on the Electoral College, and the resulting debate over whether it should...