Ever since the midterm, Democrats have been sounding off about the need to eliminate the Electoral College and elect our presidents purely by means of a national popular vote. In January, far-left Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) introduced a bill in the House to abolish the Electoral College, which he has since foolishly claimed was “conceived in sin” to perpetuate slavery. Yesterday, a group of Democrats introduced a companion measure to Cohen’s bill. The group included Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii.
It is no secret why Democrats are so keen to dump a feature the founders wrote into our Constitution to ensure fair representation in national elections. It is because the last two Republican presidents — and especially the current one, who Democrats loathe with a passion — both won by having the requisite Electoral votes even though the popular vote was won by their Democratic opponents.
Getting rid of the Electoral College would not ensure the party “dynasty” the Democrats are craving. As The National Review’s David French noted recently, the belief that Democrats would win every election is rooted in a partisan fiction:
The Democrats are basing their optimism in part on “success” in a political race that no one is actually running. There is not a single sensible political strategist who has ever plotted out a presidential race for the purpose of winning the popular vote. That’s like game-planning to run the most total yards or to shoot the most free throws.
The bottom line is that no one can state with confidence who would have won the 2016 race if the national popular vote determined the outcome. The strategy would be completely different. Candidates would message differently, campaign in different states, and engage in radically different ad buys.
If the Democrats’ goal is to control the three branches of government in perpetuity, as appears to be the case judging from their enthusiasm for opening the southern border to “prospective Democratic voters,” why don’t they stop beating around the bush? Why don’t they drop the phony rhetoric about how “every vote matters” and introduce a measure to eliminate the Republican Party? It wouldn’t be viable, but at least it would be honest.