Hillary Clinton calls for abolishing the electoral college even as she casts vote for Biden
The renowned motivational speaker Denis Waitley once noted, “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.”
Perhaps Hillary Clinton should pick up one of his books. No one seems to live in the past more than she does, as shown by the past four years.
On Monday, America’s sorest loser put that poor-sport attitude on display again, this time as a member of the Electoral College from New York.
Casting her vote for her fellow Democrat Joe Biden, Hillary tweeted, “I believe we should abolish the Electoral College and select our president by the winner of the popular vote, same as every other office. But while it still exists, I was proud to cast my vote in New York for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
So, dismissing Waitley and every other life coach who believes, as Shakespeare wrote, that our faults lie not in our stars but in ourselves, Hillary doesn’t emphasize hard work or self-improvement, but rather demands that we change the rules of the game.
Hillary, who received almost 2.9 million more votes in 2016 than Donald Trump, has been here before. In 2000, when Republican George W. Bush squeezed out a victory over Democrat Al Gore, who won the national popular vote by about 544,000 votes, Clinton said, “We are a very different country than we were 200 years ago. I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people and to me, that means it’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president.”
I believe we should abolish the Electoral College and select our president by the winner of the popular vote, same as every other office.
But while it still exists, I was proud to cast my vote in New York for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. pic.twitter.com/th9qebu9ka
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 14, 2020
Except America isn’t a democracy, but a democratic republic.
Democrats like Hillary have whined about Trump’s Electoral College win almost as much as they asserted he conspired with Russians to steal the election. Accordingly, we’ve heard repeated calls to abolish the Electoral College – up until the minute the College voted Biden our next president.
What’s interesting is that while they claim to support democracy, that is distinct from majority rule. In fact, they don’t point out that the top vote-getter in both 2000 and in 2016 still only received 48 percent of the total vote.
But National Review columnist Dan McLaughlin recently hit on why we’ve been treated to this wailing and gnashing of teeth by liberals over America’s unique way of picking a president – one in which the Constitution insulates the government from popular passions.
It can be summed up in one word: California.
— National Review (@NRO) December 15, 2020
To revisit this history, Gore’s lead in 2000 came from a nearly 1.3 million-vote win in California. He lost the rest of the country by 800,000 votes. Similarly, Hillary took California by roughly 4.3 million votes. As McLaughlin noted, “In the other 49 states plus D.C., Donald Trump beat Hillary by 1,401,454 votes, 47.60 percent to 46.46 percent.”
McLaughlin acknowledges that Biden still would have prevailed without California. But he also notes that this is just the third election since World War II when the loser got a majority in more states than the winner, and so liberals’ bragging rights about his vote margin over Trump, as with Gore and Hillary, comes from running up the score on the left coast.
“Democratic triumphalism about having a natural majority is likewise a feature of dominating California,” McLaughlin wrote. “Much of the current progressive complaint about the Electoral College and the Senate is really just a complaint about California’s inability to impose its peculiar and unrepresentative politics on the rest of the nation.”
“Our institutions,” he continued, “are designed to prevent the domination of hyperpartisan enclaves that are out of step with the nation.”
For that, we can thank the Founders.