Barbara Boxer introduces bill to abolish Electoral College (for now)

Barbara Boxer introduces bill to abolish Electoral College (for now)

The parenthetical at the end of the title is meant as a reflection of Democrats’ changing position on just about everything under the sun, so long as it advances their political agenda. Today it’s the Electoral College. According to The Hill, Sen. Barbara Boxer  (D-Calif.) has joined the chorus of liberal voices blaming Hillary’s Clinton’s loss on the electoral process developed by the nation’s founders.

But as a member of Congress, Boxer isn’t content merely to squawk about the Electoral College. She wants it abolished, done away with, buried, kaput. She is quoted as saying, “The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately.”

One might ask if that is Boxer’s last word on the subject, though it well may be since she is retiring at the end of this session. But for fellow Democrats who will carry the party banner after her, it is far from the last word. The minute an election is held where the Donks lose because the popular vote failed to go their way but the state voting totals would have given them 270 electoral votes, they will be clamoring to reinstate the Electoral College.

We have seen this before. When the Democrats had control of the Senate during Barack Obama’s first term, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid was in favor of abolishing the filibuster, which was an easy, if cynical, way of silencing the Republican minority opposition. But when Republicans took control of the Senate in 2014, Reid rediscovered his abiding admiration for the filibuster:

Perhaps no Democrat has been more self-servingly two-faced when it comes to rules and policies than Barack Obama. During his first run for the presidency, he told a crowd in Fargo, N.D., that adding $4 trillion to the national debt, as George W. Bush had done, was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.”

But once he himself was elected as Bush’s successor, his attitude toward raising the debt ceiling did an about-face. In 2013, he lamented to Congress that “if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we’re deadbeats.”

He took an equally dim view of his predecessor’s use of executive privilege during his 2008 presidential campaign. At a town hall event in Lancaster, Pa., then-candidate Barack Obama had this to say (transcript follows):

The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.

We all know that promise turned out.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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