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Obama: “The Electoral College is a Vestige”

President Obama cast doubt on the continued need for the Electoral College on Friday, seizing on a popular Democratic argument that has emerged since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by millions of ballots but lost the Electoral College handily.

“The Electoral College is a vestige. It’s a carry-over from an earlier vision of how our federal government was going to work,” Obama said during his final press conference of the year.

“There are some structures in our political system as envisioned by the founders that sometimes are going to disadvantage Democrats,” he added.

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33 Responses to Obama: “The Electoral College is a Vestige”

  1. As we all know, if Hillary had won the Electoral College count, but lost the popular vote, Obama would have declared the Electoral College the most brilliant contribution the Founders ever made to the Republic.

    • Good point, and true assessment.
      We’re called the “united” states for a reason, and the brilliant founders of our country knew that a majority could be a tyranny of the minority.
      If the Dems really want to do away with the Electoral College, then all they have to do is call for a Constitutional Convention and let all the states vote on the issue. (ha ha)

  2. From the mouth of the man who was elected not once but twice and swore an oath to uphold the US Constitution!

    I have put up with this man for almost eight years and HAVE HAD it!

    I am so angry right now.

  3. O/T I am still laughing about the Drudge headline wherein it is claimed that Obama told Putin to “cut it out” about interfering in our election and “he (Putin) did.”

    If Obama could do this while cowering under his bed …

  4. Somehow or another, the Founding Dads knew politicians like Obama and Hillary Clinton would come down the Post Road some day.
    Quite prescient if you were to ask me.
    I see Obama is not taking the rejection of his politics and his legacy well, is he?

  5. There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
    Trump won 3,084 of them.
    Clinton won 57.
    There are 62 counties in New York State.
    Trump won 46 of them.
    Clinton won 16.
    Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
    In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond.)
    Therefore these 5 counties alone more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
    These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.
    The United States is comprised of 3, 797,000 square miles.
    When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
    Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) don’t and shouldn’t speak for the rest of our country.
     

    • I’d like to see a “tax contribution (or liability) per candidate’s vote” statistic. Probably 120% Trump.

      As I have said several times, the 1770s revolution was partially because of taxation without representation. Well, now we have representation without taxation. Might be equally as wrong.

    • That and California. You take California out of the equation, Clinton loses by a million votes, and New York is gravy.

      Another intriguing statistic: of the 20+1 states that Clinton carried, she won seven with less than 50%. They were: CO, ME (at large), MN, NV, NH, NM, VA. And with a few votes less, Oregon would be on that list, as well, but we’ll leave them out of this. So, a third of her states were squeakers, and several of those were considered out of play. If Trump had swung by, I don’t know, Henderson, Albuquerque, and Duluth, Cankles might well have drunk herself to death on Election Night.

      So, she took 13+1 states with a majority, and every single one of those is a Democrat machine state.

      EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

      Vestige? Hell, this is THE VERY SCENARIO it was designed for.

      The Framers keep finding new ways to amaze, 240 years later.

  6. Yep, we also need to get rid of the ‘undemocratic representation’ of the US Senate for the same reasons. Just have a popular election for one house and President by anyone, anywhere who wants to vote.