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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:01 PM

DNC slams GOPís electoral vote rigging scheme

DNC slams GOPís electoral vote rigging scheme

Posted by Greg Sargent

As you may have heard, Republicans are pushing for changes in the electoral vote system in states like Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin ó to maximize their advantage in future presidential elections in the face of demographic shifts that may be inexorably undermining their chances at winning national elections.

Republicans want these states, which went for Obama in the last two elections but are controlled by the GOP at the state level, to apportion electoral votes based on who wins each Congressional district. If just the six states above used this system, Mitt Romney would have been elected president. RNC chair Reince Priebus recently voiced support for the idea, while couching it as something that the states will decide.

This is mostly being fought out on the state level, but the DNC is now weighing in with a statement slamming the idea ó raising the possibility that if Republicans take this national, Democrats will respond in kind. DNC spokesperson Melanie Roussell emails:

Although Republicans are couching their proposals in language of fairness, the motivation for changing the Electoral College is purely partisan. The Republican party lost in 2012 because they failed to appeal to the majority of voters in states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin. They know they canít win on the issues, so theyíre resorting to underhanded tactics and undermining the majority of voters in blue states.

Just as the American people fought the Republican partyís attempts in 2012, we will oppose any future attempts to ignore the wishes of the electorate and make changes to the electoral college for partisan purposes.

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Itís unclear how far Republicans will get with this scheme. For one thing, the politics of it are very tricky: Itís hard to selectively rig the electoral college in ways that give you partisan advantage without, well, looking as if youíre selectively rigging the electoral college in ways that give you partisan advantage. All of this, of course, comes after Republicans have pursued a variety of crackdowns on voting ó sorry, voter fraud ó on the state level that also seem like a response to inexorable demographic trends that are undermining the GOPís national strength. Democrats mobilized against those efforts, and had surprising success beating them back in the courts last cycle (though the overall battle against them is anything but won). Some Democratic operatives even believe they provoked a backlash that ultimately helped the Democratic Party.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/25/dnc-slams-gops-electoral-vote-rigging-scheme/

Republicans have gone over the deep end, but there are a few Republicans trying to find opportunity in rejecting their party's insanity.

Key Florida and Virginia Republicans oppose GOP attempt to steal next presidential election
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/25/1181969/-Two-Florida-Republicans-stand-against-their-party-s-attempt-to-steal-the-next-presidential-election

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ProSense Jan 2013 OP
spanone Jan 2013 #1
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #2
Cha Jan 2013 #6
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #8
octoberlib Jan 2013 #3
Cha Jan 2013 #4
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 2013 #5
okaawhatever Jan 2013 #7

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:01 PM

1. they are planning to steal future elections....nothing less.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:03 PM

2. I sure as hell they are planning to do more than "slamming". nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:48 PM

6. Yes, they're Pushing Back..

Greg Sargent @ThePlumLineGS

National Dems coordinating with state parties to push back on GOP's electoral vote rigging scheme: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/25/dnc-slams-gops-electoral-vote-rigging-scheme/ Ö

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Response to Cha (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:57 PM

8. Thank you. nm

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:05 PM

3. It's about time nt

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:30 PM

4. Our Mission is to Spread News like this and keep in Front Burner in the Social Media!

If anything, the GOPís latest scheme is more nakedly political and partisan than its voter ID campaigns have been. At present, itís unclear how much of an appetite there is for this among national Republicans and even among some state level officials. After all, GOP governors in some these states have been through some bruising political battles over labor and budget issues, and may not have the appetite for a scheme that is so plainly nothing but a massive partisan power grab. Meanwhile, national Republicans are grappling with serious GOP brand problems. The possibility that this whole thing could turn into a messy national fight could end up dissuading more prudent Republicans from following this course.


Thank you Pro Sense!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:37 PM

5. It's the only way these shitbirds can win.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:51 PM

7. I honestly think they're just waiting until after 2014 elections to do it. If they do it now it will

make them look extreme and desparate, likely losing their seats. If that were the case, dems would overturn their efforts. Wait until mid terms and if you win nothing to stop you for 2016.

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