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Fri Jul 17, 2020, 12:18 AM

Another Monument to White Supremacy That Should Come Down? The Electoral College

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/07/another-monument-to-white-supremacy-that-should-come-down-the-electoral-college/?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=naytev&utm_medium=social

"In his new book, Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar sets out to answer the question that is also the title of his book: Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?"

"Southern whites understood that the system was key not only to their outsized influence but also to the continued subjugation of Black voters in state elections. If the nation adopted a national popular vote, there would be attempts to court the votes of Southern Black people and pressure to lift voting restrictions."

"Because the GOP is an increasingly white party, which under Trump has embraced a politics of racial grievance that shrinks the party’s base of support, Republicans increasingly see the Electoral College as a lifeline. As a result, Republican support for the institution has surged since 2016."

"Despite meticulously documenting each unsuccessful attempt to change how we elect presidents, Keyssar was hopeful the Electoral College, like Confederate statues, would be toppled in the not too distant future. What follows is a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity."

"...when one looks at the demographics and the politics of a number of southern states, it seems unlikely that they will be able to present this consistent phalanx of support for Republican presidential candidates. And I think it’s quite possible that if that “solid South” really does crumble or weaken in a significant way, what has become in recent decades the Republican Party’s reflexive opposition to Electoral College reform may really dissipate. I do think that that is a not implausible path towards reform within the next decade."

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 12:24 AM

1. Excellent way to put it!

That is exactly what it is.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 12:38 AM

2. No Electoral College -- No Trump

Works for me.

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 01:40 AM

3. no Dubya either

two of the worst presidents EVER

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