The tumult and the shouting have died, and the captains and kings are gathering up their stuff for departure.
Across the nation, the states’ electors have cast their votes in the Electoral College round of the presidential vote-off, and within the last hour, the major media have united in announcing that Donald Trump has well surpassed the required 270.
According to Reuters, the tally so far shows that Trump has 304 votes to Hillary’s 224. (This comes to 528 votes, with 10 electoral votes not yet turned in. Based on the popular vote and previous projections, they would go to Hillary. But Trump has incontrovertibly won at this point.)
Some six electors decided to break with their states’ majority-vote totals. But the “faithless electors” took more votes from Hillary than from Trump. Four of them decided against casting their votes for Hillary, as their state popular votes would have dictated. Only two decided against Trump.
Reportedly, three of the defectors from Hillary were from Washington state, and cast their votes (pointlessly) for Colin Powell.
New York’s electoral delegation included Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former president Bill Clinton, who emitted soundbite-worthy commentary on their day’s work. The always-pertinent NY Daily News noted that Cuomo referred to de Blasio during the proceedings as “Mayor William de Blasio,” a minor error since the mayor’s name is not “William” but “Warren.”
According to NYDN:
Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said the name was incorrect in the script Cuomo was reading and was not a product of the feud between the two that recently flared up again over the death of a deer in Harlem.
Asked for the mayor’s reaction, his spokesman, Eric Phillips, said, “It is not physically possible for us to care less.”
But de Blasio did find it physically possible to care about the Electoral College, which he officially hates:
Just cast Electoral College vote. Heartsick. This is NOT what democracy looks like. One person, one vote is only fair way. Abolish the EC!
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) December 19, 2016
Bill Clinton managed to keep it fairly classy, telling reporters that although he was disappointed, he had never cast a vote he was prouder of.
No word, so far, on whether California’s 55 outvoted electors have covered themselves with equal glory, or if Governor Jerry Brown has threatened to launch any more satellites in response to Trump’s election.
It’s done. Time for the Democrats’ sudden fans of the Electoral College to go back to despising it — until the next time they think it might serve their purposes.