The recent decision by the 10th Circuit court has renewed interest in two things: first, the Electoral College and the possibility of so-called “Faithless Electors.” Second, the idea of the interstate compact known as “The National Popular Vote.”
The idea of the second is to “guarantee” that the person who gets the most “popular votes” wins the Presidency. We’ve talked about it before and nothing has changed my opinion that is is an unwise idea, an unconstitutional idea and most of all, a completely unworkable idea. Even if you get the necessary States to agree to it, it will only work until California is forced to give it’s electoral votes to a Republican. That day will come, maybe not in my lifetime, but it has and will happen again. When that happens, the whole thing would unravel in a barrage of lawsuits and sudden realizations that it was unconstitutional, to begin with.
But for today, there is an idea floating about that the 10th Circuit Courts ruling about electors is a death knell to the NPV. If you follow the logic, it kind of makes sense. but – and this happens far too often – the whole picture isn’t being taken into consideration.
At the end of the day, the Supreme Court will have much more to say about both issues than anybody seems willing to accept right now…
Daylight Saving Time is upon us again and we start the traditional complaining about why we do this amazingly silly thing twice a year. If I had my druthers, I’d prefer that we always stay on DST, even though I went through the national experiment back in the 1970’s when Dick Nixon inflicted it upon us year round because of the energy crises. which wasn’t as much about an energy shortage as it was an economics lesson, and the last time anybody checked, was never actually solved. At any rate, DST has some advantages, but the constant switching back and forth is crazy. Pick one and stick with it. Plus Ben was up at 5:30am today.
Senator Fred Thompson died over the weekend. He was a great example of good, possibly even great, people being misled when he started shilling for overturning the Constitution and adopting the National Popular Vote system.
A Russian airliner crashes in Egypt and ISIL claims credit, even though pretty much nobody believes them. As of today, the airline rejects the theory of mechanical issues or pilot error, and says that the plane experienced “an external impact,” but won’t say what that means. reports are that Putin and Russia are pissed and they are allegedly moving tactical nukes closer to ISIL with the intention of using them. What if this was what they (Russia) wanted all along? Could this whole thing be a maskirovka?
Tomorrow is Election Day. Does it even matter?