Founding Fathers got it right: California is proof

crew-2231211Hillary Clinton supporters need to quit whining about the Electoral College.

 

Their ilk is made up of coddled children who received participation trophies, never understanding the concept of winning and losing.

Their numbers will continue to grow or diminish depending on their ability to grasp reality.

If they don’t get with the program, as adults they still will be unable to tie their own shoes and remain among those who will be too stupid to get out of their own way.

 

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Since democrats are left with dealing in hypotheticals, they need to understand that if California voter results were removed from the process, team Clinton would have been beaten beyond recognition. (Source)

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Bam !  Did you just hear that?  It was the sound of the democrat party dying.

Market Watch

By James E. Campbell (Not me)

Dec 19, 2016

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Hillary Clinton supporters are shellshocked as election results came in.

Shocked and appalled by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, some supporters of Hillary Clinton have turned to minimizing and even delegitimizing Trump’s election.

In an era of severe political polarization, in an election with two candidates seen from the outset in highly unfavorable terms, after the most brutal campaign in modern history, and with an outcome that astonished just about everyone, these reactions are understandable but wrong.

Many diehard Clinton supporters cannot bring themselves to believe their candidate could lose to Donald Trump. They think: How could such a crude and inept con man be elected president? Even after it has happened, it is unthinkable, a nightmare. So, the election must not have been fair.

Those on the fringe raise the specter of diabolical Russians hacking away at our democracy.

More grounded Clintonians have less malevolent bogeymen — our Founding Fathers.

 

See the entire article below.

 

As they see it, the election’s outcome should be blamed on a dysfunctional and archaic electoral-vote system.

Hillary won the national popular vote.

She should be president. It is as simple as that. The Electoral College should go the way of Trump University.

They are right about one thing: Clinton did win the popular vote, by some 2.8 million votes, as the most recent data show.

Yet Clinton has only 232 electoral votes (in 20 states plus Washington, D.C.) to Trump’s 306 (in 30 states plus one from Maine), making him the president-elect.

So Trump’s election without a popular-vote plurality is regarded as an injustice.

Some Democrats claim a moral victory as victims of an electoral-vote system that once again horribly “misfired.” Their claim, however, neglects two facts.

California single-handedly turns a Trump plurality in the popular vote into a Clinton plurality.

First, had the election been conducted with rules awarding the presidency to the popular-vote winner, the candidates and many voters quite probably would have acted very differently, and the popular vote might not have been the same.

Trump and Clinton would have campaigned in the “safe” states.

Potential voters in those states would have felt more pressure to turn out and to vote for “the lesser of two evils” and not to waste their votes on third-party candidates.

Some additional Clinton voters would probably have shown up, but gains on the Trump side would probably have been larger as more reluctant Republicans would have been pushed to return to the fold, particularly in big blue states like California, New York and Illinois.

In short, a comparison of the national popular vote as cast and the electoral-vote division is no simple matter. This is particularly true in our age of pervasive polling in which people should have a good idea about whether they live in a state where their presidential vote might make a difference.

Second, Clinton’s popular-vote plurality over Trump depends on the votes in a single state: California, which single-handedly turns a Trump plurality into a Clinton plurality.

The electoral-vote system in 2016 (as in 2000, when George W. Bush became president despite losing the national popular vote) functioned as its defenders have long claimed. It prevented a single region (in this instance, a single state) from overruling the verdict of the more populous and diverse nation.

Donald Trump’s election is difficult for many Americans to accept, but there is no good reason to question its democratic legitimacy. For better or worse, Trump won the presidency by constitutional and sensible democratic rules that guided both campaigns and were known to any politically conscious citizen. He also won the national popular vote cast outside of the single state of California. Moreover, Clinton won all of California’s 55 electoral votes despite the fact that 4.3 million of the state’s voters voted for Trump. That big winner-take-all advantage for California’s Democrats and Clinton was certainly felt, but it wasn’t enough to override her losses in many other states.

Under our electoral-vote system, American voters elected a national president, not California’s choice. It is in the nation’s interest for Democratic Party’s leaders and for Clinton voters to fully recognize the legitimacy of the election as they had urged Trump to do after the third presidential debate.

The Electoral College system worked as it should. It did not “misfire.” The election’s outcomes were ultimately about what Americans wanted and what they did not want — not about electoral mechanics.

James E. Campbell is a UB distinguished professor of political science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and is the author of “Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America”.

 

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7 thoughts on “Founding Fathers got it right: California is proof

  1. The Democrat Party voters are the ones who are inept and incapable. They think Trump is the inept and incapable (as well as many other flowery descriptions) one because in their own narrow-minded way they think they know who he is and all about him. This impression they got from their own Party’s smear campaign and our wonderful, full of opinion, biased (non) news media. If one researched, he or she could have found out everything about Trump and his family, real and false and then determined that what their own Party was telling them was lies and conjecture.

    On the other hand, this same group knew nothing about Obama (other than what their Party claimed) neither from the internet or any other reputable information source and yet they still voted for him. Apparently just having the appearance of being black made him a capable, respectable and believable candidate. And, after everything has been said and done, they still believe it!

    What a bunch of idiots!

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    • Put a bunch of liberals in the same room without air conditioning on a hot day and you come up with a cumulative I.Q. of about 85.

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  2. But, but, but…snowflakes are so pretty, they come in all sizes, shapes, colors (giggling). Sigh…you do know this whining will not end for the next 4 yrs…if anything, it will get worse. On another note, I am surprised that the esteemed Professor penned this (we need more of this!!!), as SUNY is pretty liberal…I know, I attend a SUNY school, wink. I am so Blessed to have had very good professor (s) in Political Science, Government, Western Civics, History I,II,III and International Relations. They allowed you to speak your mind, but demanded you back it up with facts and gosh forbid if you didn’t, thank God I never found myself on that other side, wink.

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