To follow up on yesterday’s editorial cartoon:
The Republican party has won the popular vote only once in the last six presidential elections (when Bush won by a razor-thin margin). They have a huge uphill battle, and it’s not getting any better for them. The population is changing, and the old angry white man vote is dying.
Look at the electoral college voting patterns. You need 270 electoral votes to win. If we count every state that has voted Democratic in the last six elections, the Democrats start off with 242 votes, and the Republicans have 206. If you count only the last two, the Democrats have 332.
This is bad news for the Republicans, which leaves them with two options: (1) expand their base by appealing to younger voters, women, and minorities; or (2) cheat.
As we have seen, they have decided to go for option 2. Republicans have instituted voter purges and intimidation, creating hardships for those in Democratic-leaning districts and causing long lines to discourage voting. They’ve fought against early voting and other methods which will encourage people to exercise their rights. They’ve gerrymandered districts in ways that keep Democrats from winning.
They’ve created a propaganda machine to convince people that voter fraud is taking place (quite ironically). They’ve passed laws making it harder for people to register and vote. And they’ve challenged the Voting Rights Act in court.
Because, let’s face it, the only other solution would be to actually listen to the will of the people.
Had Romney eeked out another 3-4% of cast ballots by better suppressing the votes of those long lines of ticked off minorities and women, we could have a true disaster today. Now they just want to change the Electoral College so Democratic votes don’t matter. What we need is to convince these same people to get to the polls on the off-year elections to stop the Republicans from screwing things up in the States, local and Congressional areas like they have for the past 30 years.
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