A reader writes:
As a daily reader of yours since 2008, I signed up for your site the day I found out – you should have asked earlier. There has been a lot of talk recently about the GOP subverting the traditional electoral college process. I agree that it’s a repugnant attempt to stay relevant by a dying breed (in those particular states). However, I believe that if these states are able to split the presidential electoral vote totals by congressional district, it would come back to haunt them.
Think about how state-wide elections are run right now in Pennsylvania.
Democrats try to run up the score by immense GOTV efforts in urban efforts like Philadelphia to counteract their electoral deficits in rural parts of the state. They do that because it is easier, more cost effective and proven way to win state-wide elections. If this no longer matters, imagine Obama’s massive machine going into all the swing districts in PA (anything that is <R+5) and overwhelming a congressional Republican candidate’s registration drives and GOTV efforts. If I were any of those Republican officials, I would be very worried about these efforts.
Rachel Maddow had an excellent segment on Jan. 15 explaining this whole issue. The chilling bottom line is that, had the Republican-run states that voted for Obama in 2012 made these changes in 2011, we would now have just inaugurated President Romney. How anyone can defend the electoral college system is beyond me.
And of course Colbert covered this a few nights ago.