Obama won the popular vote with 65.9 million votes, or 51.1 percent, to Romney’s 60.9 million and won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206 electoral votes. It’s unclear whether he would have been re-elected under the new system, depending upon how many states adopted the change.
While some Republican officials warn of a political backlash, GOP lawmakers in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are already lining up behind proposals that would allocate electoral votes by congressional district or something similar.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he “could go either way” on the change and doesn’t plan to push it. But he said it’s a reasonable issue to debate and that he prefers that leaders discuss it well before the next presidential election.
“It could be done in a thoughtful (way) over the next couple years and people can have a thoughtful discussion,” Snyder said.
The emphasis is mine, because that’s almost exactly what Rick Snyder said about right to work. Check it out over the jump.
LANSING – A right-to-work bill is “on the agenda” for “thoughtful discussion,” Governor Rick Snyder told reporters Tuesday night as he emerged from a closed-door meeting with legislative leadership.
The time is right now to discuss the issue, Snyder said, after saying all year long that it was not an issue he wanted on his agenda. Previously, Snyder had said it could cause too much controversy and detract from other issues.
What had changed, he said, was “there’s been enough discussion, it’s been highlighted enough, it is an important issue so it is appropriate to have a discussion and there will be decisions made in the appropriate time frame.”
In other words, if enough people out in the world talk about it, and Dick DeVos wants it to happen (he will), then Snyder will ask Bolger and Richardville to put a bill on his desk which he intends to pass. And there’s no need for debate because there’s already “debating” out there in the world.
And if it happens to be part of a package or initiative that passes their bastardized version of no-reason absentee voting, then they screw us over in multiple ways while using the language that makes it look like they’ve made democracy better. Put simply:
- “Thoughtful discussion” = right to work pushed through, public locked out and pepper-sprayed
- “not on my agenda” = “doesn’t plan to push for it” = do what I damn well please once I hear from Dick D.
- “No Reason Absentee Voting” = show your ID to the clerk, business hours, Monday – Friday
- “Electoral vote reform” = [“Electoral Freedom??”] = assign electoral votes in alignment with the Congressional results
And on that last note, I direct you back to this post:
Michiganders cast over 240,000 more votes for Democratic congressional candidates than Republicans, but still elected a 9-5 Republican delegation to Congress. Nationwide, Republicans won 54 percent of the U.S. House seats, along with 58 of 99 state legislative chambers, while winning only 8 of 33 U.S. Senate races and carrying only 47.8 percent of the national presidential vote.
These shenanigans would allow a Presidential candidate to lose the popular vote and the electoral vote, and still win the Presidency. And somehow it will be wrapped up in language like “freedom” and “choice” and “no reason absentee voting” so that people will want to support it.
At this point I think citizens need to start referendums or something to reign in the power-drunk Republicans. I know it hurts to lose elections, but it’s morally wrong to do this shit, to change our system in such a way that a minority can have absolute control over the majority. This is a complete perversion of democracy, and if they could have continued to suppress the vote in 2012 we wouldn’t even be seeing this now. But they got caught, minority voters stayed in line, and President Obama won. Now the Republicans want to change the rules, and Snyder is going to be right there with his “thoughtful discussion.”