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Response to CreekDog (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 09:38 PM

12. Ideally, yes. But it would put several reliable Red States up for sale...

In reality, it would pump steroids into RW billionaire campaign contributions, since an all-popular vote would create battlegrounds in states that have historically (since 1992, at least) been reliably Democratic, such as California, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Illiinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In national elections, Republicans barely campaign in California and New York as it is.

The insane, over-the-top transparent and non-transparent RW giving that's going on now would be a drop in the bucket compared to a situation where one would need to capture the most votes in the most states (it still breaks down that way, even if the goal is the largest single national total of votes).

Obviously, in a popular vote scenario, Al Gore would have been elected president in 2000; but in 2004, John Kerry came within a hair's breadth of taking Ohio's electoral votes. Had he done so, the nod nevertheless would have gone to Bush by popular vote.

So the popular-vote scenario cuts both ways. For now, I'm inclined to keep the Electoral College, as it usually keeps electoral-vote rich California, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Illiinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin in the (D) column.

edit: out, damned typos!

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