Since losing the 2016 presidential election, liberals and Democrats and #Resistance-minded social justice warriors have looked high and low for systemic excuses. Russia, James Comey, Bernie Sanders, the DNC, white supremacy, the media, you name it, they’ve blamed it. But one of their primary targets has been the Electoral College, without which they believe that Hillary Clinton would have triumphed over Donald Trump and delivered the U.S. out of the evil tyranny they now surely suffer under.
But not every Democrat is down with the idea of changing the Constitution. In a column this week, little-known 2020 candidate Andrew Yang said that the Founding Fathers had it right when they designed the Electoral College.
“The problem with deciding Presidential elections via popular vote is that candidates would naturally campaign in urban areas with big media markets and their policies would follow suit. Better to have proportional electoral college votes in each state, so you campaign everywhere,” Yang wrote.
This rankled renowned race-baiting writer Jemele Hill, who now peddles her shiny brand of racism at The Atlantic after parting ways with ESPN.
“Nah,” she tweeted in response to Yang’s opinion. “People who live in cities that truly represent the diversity of America should set the course. The electoral college is outdated and was there to preserve slavery. We need to move on.”
There is of course no historical truth behind Hill’s assertion, but that’s almost beside the point. The Electoral College is indeed in place to make sure that a handful of major cities do not get to decide the presidential election, and its purpose is more important in 2019 than it was in the days of the Constitution’s drafting. American life in You-Name-It, Idaho is a world away from American life in New York City. The people are different, the values are different, the culture is different, and the politics are damn sure different. Should one of the two, then, get to rule over the other and decide for them how the country should be run? Not just sometimes, but every single time? That is what would happen if we abolished the Electoral College.
President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be just around the bend.
But, because this is one of those issues that sparks the imagination of young liberals with little-to-no understanding of the country, we’re not surprised to see economic populist Elizabeth Warren championing the idea on the campaign trail.
“Every vote matters,” Warren said on Monday. “And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”
Warren knows, of course, that getting rid of the Electoral College would actually mean that almost NO vote mattered outside maybe 10 major American markets. But when you’re selling dreams and fantasies out of a wigwam, facts matter a lot less than feelings.