Today’s the day that the Electoral College will meet and, despite six weeks of demonstrations, threats and magical thinking, elect Donald Trump as president.
The Electoral College – which, back in the days when Hillary was considered inevitable, was above reproach – like so much in our federal system, is designed to protect the huge, diverse minority from the majority.
And it worked. And that doesn’t sit well with our left:
Donald Trump’s election is difficult for many Americans to accept, but there is no good reason to question its democratic legitimacy. For better or worse, Trump won the presidency by constitutional and sensible democratic rules that guided both campaigns and were known to any politically conscious citizen. He also won the national popular vote cast outside of the single state of California. Moreover, Clinton won all of California’s 55 electoral votes despite the fact that 4.3 million of the state’s voters voted for Trump. That big winner-take-all advantage for California’s Democrats and Clinton was certainly felt, but it wasn’t enough to override her losses in many other states.
Under our electoral vote system, American voters elected a national president, not California’s choice. It is in the nation’s interest for Democratic Party’s leaders and for Clinton voters to fully recognize the legitimacy of the election as they had urged Trump to do after the third presidential debate.
I say this: if you want to abolish the Electoral College, and make this nation a pure majority-rule state – i.e. ruled by California and New York – go for it.
But then, remove all impediments to secession.
UPDATE: There’s one “faithless elector” so far. It’s a Democrat, naturally – and, of course, from Minnesota:
Of course it was a Minnesota Democrat.
No word on whether Jill Stein is going to demand a recount.
UPDATE 2: Democrat demonstrators outside the State Capitol urging Minnesota’s electors meeting therein to “vote their conscience”…:
Downtown St Paul
Posted by Deb Brown on Monday, December 19, 2016
…notwithstanding that, per state law, they were bound to vote HIllary.
UPDATE 3: 1:54PM ET: Trump goes past 270 electoral votes.
1:55PM ET: Democrats: “Well? Why isn’t America great again? Huh? Huh? Huh?”