With the news that the “abolish the Electoral College” meme is rearing its head again and being pushed by the Establishment, I thought it might be helpful for everyone to catch up on the importance of the EC and how and why it was established.
To that end, here is your Reading Assignment for this week:
Written in 1992 by William C. Kimberling, then Deputy Director FEC Office of Election Administration, it provides an excellent history and analysis of the EC, along with an exploration of the arguments for and against.
Kimberling starts with the original arguments and moves through all the changes and adjustments since the Founding. There was a reason why the Founders chose a Representative Democracy, not a Direct Democracy. In the paper Kimberling notes:
…[T]he Electoral College system imposes two requirements on candidates for the presidency:
that the victor obtain a sufficient popular vote to enable him to govern
(although this may not be the absolute majority), and
that such a popular vote be sufficiently distributed across the country to
enable him to govern.
Such an arrangement ensures a regional balance of support which is
a vital consideration in governing a large and diverse nation (even though
in close elections, as in 1888, distribution of support may take precedence
over majority of support).
Far from being flaws, then, the historical oddities described above
demonstrate the strength and resilience of the Electoral College system in
being able to select a president in even the most troubled of times.
I made my opinion clear on Tammy Radio–abolishing the Electoral College would be a disaster for this nation. It is pushed by the Establishment (i.e. liberals) as it would make the President what Pat S. astutely noted to me “President of the Cities” as opposed to the “President of the United States.” But I suppose if you’re a Machine Liberal you’d really prefer to not have Fly Over Country have a voice in the elections, which would allow you to stop pretending you’re a conservative. This is why the Lamestream Media loves the idea, liberals love it, and the Machines wouldn’t object.
This is a 20-page paper, and should be read when you have some personal quiet time and can read it carefully. It’s great with history and analysis and provides perfect background for you when the “Let’s abolish the Electoral College” crowd starts to make noise again. I would also like to hear as many of you as possible chime in on this once you’re done reading the piece. I always enjoy and learn something from the TAM discussion 🙂