Thursday, December 22, 2016

Those people's votes should count for less

This is actually the current Republican defense of the Electoral College in the face of it twice giving the White House to a Republican popular vote loser since 2000.

And phrased in the following way it appears to be about differences in political preferences or cultural outlooks.

The argument goes that voters in New York and California are not like voters in the rest of the country and so it would be bad if their votes counted as much as those of others, when choosing a president.

Those voters are too coastal, too liberal, too Democratic, and too post-Christian, in other words, for it to be proper or wise for their votes to count equally with those of others.

The rejoinder that voters in the states of the Old Confederacy - white voters, anyway - are way not like voters in the rest of the country leaves Republicans wholly unmoved.

People gladly resort to bilge to defend the indefensible.

I heard the argument made in pretty much this way on the POTUS satellite radio station, the other day, Michael Smerconish being the host.

A similar argument was made on Diane Rehm's NPR show.

Trump's People Are Seriously Losing Their Minds Over His Popular Vote Loss

But then there is the openly racial, white nationalist variant of the argument, voiced for example by Bill O'Reilly.

And this I have not seen so often.

CNN pundit likens O'Reilly's race comments to apartheid rhetoric

O'Reilly argued Tuesday on his nightly program, "The O'Reilly Factor," that -- if the Electoral College was abolished -- candidates would secure a majority by campaigning in coastal cities, ignoring the Midwest and Southern states.

He added that those calling for the Electoral College to be dismantled were attempting to take power from the "white establishment."

"The left wants power taken away from the white establishment," O'Reilly said.

"They want a profound change in the way America is run. Taking voting power away from the white precincts is the quickest way to do that."

O'Reilly's comments, while true with a twist, raise and, in their way, answer the frequently asked question, do Republicans want to disempower nonwhites because they are Democrats or do they want to disempower Democrats because they are nonwhite?

Both, I guess.

Not that other Republicans don't just wheel out the old stupidity, "Majority rule equals tyranny."

At a guess, for black Republicans it's a matter of disempowering nonwhites because they are Democrats, and not the other way around.

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