Gosh, I know, it’s a terrible thing to lose an election. And Elizabeth Warren is clearly concerned that the same fate incurred by Hillary Clinton may await her – winning the popular vote but losing the Electoral College.
From remarks Warren made Tuesday at the “2018 Ideas Conference” for the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress:
Democracy is crumbling around us . . . In 2016, nearly 3 million more people votd for Hllary Clinton than for Donald Trumpm. But Trump took the presidency. That is not exactly the sign of a healthy democracy. Democracy hangs on the idea that whoever gets the most votes wins. That’s the central starting point, and it’s worth repeating every single day.
So she’s already setting things up so that she can try to undermine and reverse the results of the election should she be the Democratic nominee in 2020 and win the popular vote while losing the Electoral College. Expect a sustained barrage against the Electoral College from Democrats in order to stir opposition to it and a potential crisis – even rioting in the streets – if the same thing happens in 2020 with the vote.
We keep the Electoral College today to ensure all Americans have a voice. So that presidential candidates don’t spend all their time campaigning in New York City and Los Angeles and have to make it out to Iowa and Minnesota. Democrats love diversity and multiculturalism, except when it comes to elections.
Warren surely understands that we don’t live in a democracy. We live in a republic, a representative democracy that prevents a tyranny of the majority and forces presidential candidates to have wide appeal to various portions of the electorate, not just respond to one or two factions. And yes, the Electoral College could still – as was intended by the Framers – prevent the ascension of a potential tyrant into office, since it still formally decides the election.