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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:33 PM
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McConnell warns of popular vote 'catastrophic outcome'
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Addressing what he called the most important issue in America that nobody is talking about, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned Wednesday that the National Popular Vote movement is getting dangerously close to achieving their goal of eliminating the Electoral College without actually amending the Constitution -- without anybody even noticing, unfortunately, what theyre up to.

The National Popular Vote is a compact among state legislatures under which they pledge that theyll award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most popular votes nationwide, even if that candidate was not the majority choice of their states voters.

So far, California, seven other states, and the District of Columbia (all of which have large Democratic majorities) have passed legislation taking the National Popular Vote pledge. Those states and D.C. account for 132 electoral votes. The compact says it is to take effect when states with a total of at least 270 electoral votes have agreed to it.

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution gives each state legislature the power to decide how its states presidential electors are selected. All but two states (Nebraska and Maine) use a winner-take-all system in which the person who gets the most popular votes in that state wins all of its electoral votes.

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  -McConnell warns of popular vote 'catastrophic outcome' IDemo  Dec-07-11 06:33 PM   #0 
  - I am almost automatically in favor of anything that bothers that bastard.  CaliforniaPeggy   Dec-07-11 06:36 PM   #1 
  - I also agree with this, and yes it doesn't hurt that McConnell is against it. n/t  teddy51   Dec-07-11 06:41 PM   #3 
  - yes screw mitch  pmdsyr32   Dec-07-11 06:54 PM   #7 
  - haha, could not agree more. The guy looks constantly  wordpix   Dec-07-11 08:44 PM   #22 
  - DITTO  BadGimp   Dec-08-11 07:02 PM   #36 
  - States determine how to allocate their electors, Mitch  jberryhill   Dec-07-11 06:39 PM   #2 
  - Exactly !  russspeakeasy   Dec-07-11 08:11 PM   #18 
  - "...unfortunately, what theyre up to.  SoapBox   Dec-07-11 06:49 PM   #4 
  - Cry me a river, Mitch "My job is to see that Obama is a one-term president" Mc CONnell.  Dont call me Shirley   Dec-07-11 06:50 PM   #5 
  - A typical, modern-day Republican, he boosts both States' Rights and the Constitution  TacticalPeek   Dec-07-11 06:51 PM   #6 
  - It's not close at all to being eliminated  Ter   Dec-07-11 06:59 PM   #8 
  - True, Republican states will never let it go. It's all they've got.  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 03:12 AM   #27 
     - It's not Republican states per se that benefit from and support the EC  slackmaster   Dec-08-11 05:43 PM   #34 
  - he's worried blue votes would count as much as red votes  Skittles   Dec-07-11 07:06 PM   #9 
  - i dont even know the implications of it but am for it  La Lioness Priyanka   Dec-07-11 07:07 PM   #10 
  - Al Gore won the national popular vote total  Flagrante   Dec-07-11 07:17 PM   #11 
  - Based on popular vote  Old Codger   Dec-07-11 08:54 PM   #25 
     - No, Kennedy outpolled Nixon  Jim Lane   Dec-08-11 12:33 PM   #29 
     - Oops  Old Codger   Dec-08-11 07:08 PM   #37 
     - Not sure where you got that but Kennedy got 112,827 more votes than Nixon.  yellowcanine   Dec-08-11 04:18 PM   #30 
  - If only blue states do this, it will help the GOP. Because their e-fraud in red states  McCamy Taylor   Dec-07-11 07:17 PM   #12 
  - McConnell has one year left in office and then he's history.  Major Hogwash   Dec-07-11 07:19 PM   #13 
  - Changes my mind  liberal N proud   Dec-07-11 07:25 PM   #14 
  - anything that yanks the chain of this relict from the crypt, has to be good.  marasinghe   Dec-07-11 07:32 PM   #15 
  - lol  wordpix   Dec-07-11 08:45 PM   #23 
  - He always reminds of Renfield, Dracula's lackey, in 'Love At First Bite.'  freshwest   Dec-08-11 04:43 PM   #31 
  - Awesome  teewrex   Dec-07-11 08:03 PM   #16 
  - This strikes me as the worst kind of Projectionist bullshit for the following reason...  Volaris   Dec-07-11 08:10 PM   #17 
  - Very true and lovely last sentence or 2  wordpix   Dec-07-11 08:46 PM   #24 
  - I don't see why he's against it  EvolveOrConvolve   Dec-07-11 08:12 PM   #19 
  - Yeah, I dont either. Looks like we could end up losing a bunch of EC votes.  DCBob   Dec-08-11 04:37 AM   #28 
  - Wow,  EC   Dec-07-11 08:22 PM   #20 
  - The only thing "catastrophic" that Mitch is concerned about  minnesota_liberal   Dec-07-11 08:28 PM   #21 
  - So a catastrophe is when a president is chosen by a majority of votes?  Kablooie   Dec-08-11 02:02 AM   #26 
  - You got it. And I've argued with libertarians who say it would lead to mob rule.  freshwest   Dec-08-11 04:44 PM   #32 
  - I'm vehemently opposed to having my state's electoral votes allocated on the basis of events...  slackmaster   Dec-08-11 05:42 PM   #33 
  - What? I thought the Republicans were all about "States Rights?"  Lone_Star_Dem   Dec-08-11 05:47 PM   #35 

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