By Hook or By Crook… President Romney

They don’t care how they do it.  After their stinging defeat … despite the best efforts of Karl Rove, et al to steal the election via fraud in voting machines and voter suppression … they look for new ways to cheat. They are unapologetically corrupt, bankrupt and desperate.  We have dodged a bullet… but they are already re-loading.

From HuffPo FrontPage 

On Wednesday, Virginia’s Republican-controlled legislature became one of the first to advance a bill that would allocate electoral votes by congressional district. Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed pushing through similar proposals in other states with Republican legislative majorities.

The strategy would have states alter the way they translate individual votes into electors — thereby giving Republican candidates an advantage. Had the 2012 election been apportioned in every state according to these new Republicans plans, Romney would have led Obama by at least 11 electoral votes. Here’s how:

Within the 26 states that Obama took, Romney won a plurality of votes in 130 congressional districts.

Obama, on the other hand, won only 33 congressional districts in red states.

Each state has two more electoral votes than congressional districts. The most common Republican proposal — under consideration inPennsylvaniaWisconsin and Michigan — follows the same rules already in effect in Maine and Nebraska, which allocate the two additional votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote.

This is what the 2012 electoral map would have looked liked had each state apportioned its electors using these rules.

We have to do a better job here in NH to recruit wining candidates for our Legislature …for every level of our government.  We must be active, smart and vigilant!



4 Responses to By Hook or By Crook… President Romney

  1. hannah January 25, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    The Republican party is motivated by desperation. If we have government by the people, then the political organizations are both anachronistic and redundant. It has been evident for a long time that the parties were quite content to split the electorate between those who could be done to (government of) and those who could be done for (government for) and neither was keen to have the people governing themselves and public servants actually carrying out the obligations and duties outlined in the Constitution.
    What they preferred was a hierarchy of petty potentates, who would take turns enriching themselves and their cronies by doling out goodies from the public purse, in the name of “rights”–i.e. various kinds of property rights. Human rights had to be overlooked from the start. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been possible to square slavery with the lofty aspirations in giving lip service to the “Creator.”
    We do aspire to be self-directed. But the aspiration is understandably dampened when some humans are permitted to punish the aspirants by withholding the necessities of life. “Live free, or die” is a nice slogan, but the survival instinct counsels compromise.

  2. Mike Hoefer January 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Thanks for posting this I had started a piece based on this article

    I think we should try to get folks behind this idea as a counter measure…

    It’s an interesting Electoral College Reform approach that would guarantee the presidency goes to the person who wins the popular vote. All that is needed is a consortium of states whose E.C. votes total 270 to pledge those EC votes to the candidate who wins the most votes nationally (Regardless of who won their state)

    So (at the risk of bringing up Gore/Bush/Nader) if NH were part of this consortium in 2000 our 4 EC votes would have gone to Gore as he won the national popular vote.

    Chuck Weed (D) Keene has sponsored a bill this session for NH to become a part of the Consortium.

    Howard Dean has supported this effort and potential #FITN candiate Martin O’Malley sign it into law in MD back in 2007.

  3. BobRobertson January 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Just goes to show that the United States is going to dissolve into more rational polities in the near future. And good riddance! I’m with the abolitionists of the 1850s, let the slave states go!

  4. Ref January 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I think there’s altogether too much “wining” in the lege already.

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