How will the Post react: In this morning’s Washington Post, Nia-Malika Henderson reports on the wave of electoral scams being planned by the GOP in certain states.
How absurd are these proposals? This absurd:
Last year, Obama won the state of Virginia with 51 percent of the vote. Romney got 47 percent. As a result, Obama won Virginia’s 13 electoral votes.
Under the new rules being proposed for Virginia, Obama would have received only four of the state’s electoral votes. Despite losing the state’s popular vote by a solid margin, Romney would have gotten nine!
What is proposed is a ludicrous scam. At one point, Henderson reports the official “thinking” behind it:
HENDERSON (1/25/13): The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr. (R-Grayson County), said he wants to give smaller communities a bigger voice. “The last election, constituents were concerned that it didn’t matter what they did, that more densely populated areas were going to outvote them,” he said.Were you able to follow that? Carrico is concerned that small communities in his district will be outvoted by larger communities elsewhere. As a general matter, that’s how elections work!
“This is coming to me from not just my Republican constituents,” added Carrico, whose district voted overwhelmingly for Republican Mitt Romney in last year’s presidential election. “I want to be a voice for a region that feels they have no reason to come to the polls.”
Unless you institute a system where the losing candidate wins.
This scheme may be voted on next week. On a journalistic basis, we’re curious to see how the Washington Post will react.
The Post is a major Virginia newspaper. When a preliminary bit of GOP flim-flam was executed in Virginia this Monday, the Post reacted with a blistering editorial calling the action a “putsch.” See THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/23/13.
The proposed insult to our electoral college system would be a much more serious matter. We’ll be interested to see what the Post has to say this weekend.
Regarding Henderson, let us say this about that:
In her news report, she gives a very tame account of this remarkable proposal. Will readers fully understand the strangeness of what is being proposed? Will readers understand how this proposed system would have worked last year—with Obama getting only 4 of 13 electoral votes despite having won the state?
Henderson presents a very tame, understated account of this matter. Her description slips by so quickly that readers may not understand.
Beyond that, Henderson says that Maine and Nebraska currently operate with the same system. In fact, one aspect of the Virginia proposal is different from the system in use in those states.
This difference adds to the absurdity of the Virginia proposal. Despite writing a full-length news report, Henderson doesn't explain.
Nia-Malika Henderson: Fiery liberal when reciting on Hardball, unfaithful servant in print?