They're up to their old tricks again. Republican Party operatives are trying to rig the system so they can steal elections that they can't win fair and square. California Senator Barbara Boxer exposes their latest scam which is to alter the way California's electoral votes are distributed.
Most states in the union, with the exception of Maine and Nebraska, allocate their electoral votes with a winner-take-all method. Therefore, if a candidate wins a state by just a single vote, he or she gets all of that state's electoral votes. This archaic system is what allowed George W. Bush to become President in 2000 even though Al Gore received half a million more votes nationwide.
While I agree that the electoral college system needs to be reformed so that our elections more accurately reflect the will of the people, what the Republicans are trying to do is to essentially rig the system by changing the way California's votes are distributed while ignoring large states like Florida and Texas that typically turn for the Republican candidate. Instead of awarding all 55 of California's electoral votes to the Presidential candidate who wins the statewide vote, this unfair scheme would award votes one-at-a-time, based on the candidate who wins each of the state's Congressional districts. This change could give the Republican presidential candidate in 2008 20 or so of California's 55 electoral votes that are virtually guaranteed to go to the Democratic candidate whoever that may be.
The "Presidential Election Reform Act", as the Republican election thieves are calling their initiative is being pushed by Thomas Hiltachk, a political hack and lawyer in a Sacramento firm that represents the California Republican Party and has worked with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. This initiative is just another example of the moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party. They know they can't win in 2008 fair and square so they want to try and stack the deck against the Democratic candidate by reforming how a large Democratic-leaning state allocates its electoral votes while ignoring large Republican-leaning states. The clearly isn't fair to the millions of voters in the other 47 states who will still have their electoral votes cast on a winner-take-call basis. Unless all or a majority of the large states make this kind of reform at the same time we could once again end up with an election being handed to the candidate with fewer popular votes nationwide.
After all, shouldn't the goal of electoral college reform be to move toward a system of one man one vote where the candidate who gets the most votes nationwide is declared the winner? If it is, then this initiative obviously leads us in the wrong direction and makes it even more likely that a popular vote loser could win the Presidency. And, of course, since the Democratic candidate usually wins California, it is only a Democratic presidential candidate who will be placed at a disadvantage.
Come on you Republican hacks out there, you can come up with something better than this. We are going to stomp this initiative here in California just like we are going to stomp your sorry asses in the 2008 congressional and presidential elections. You guys are such losers it's pathetic. I feel sorry for you.
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