Clearly, the Electoral College — which gave Barack Obama 67 percent of the electoral votes by winning 53 percent of the popular vote — is the smartest idea in the history of the world. That's not even open for debate.
But would getting rid of the Electoral College be an even more smartest idea in the history of the world?
There's a slim possibility that we'll be finding out when Sarah Palin is elected Empress of America in 2012…
The National Popular Vote initiative is a lobbying campaign funded by John Koza, an engineering professor at Stanford University, that aims to make the Electoral College irrelevant without going through the arduous process of amending the Constitution.
States are asked to enact laws pledging their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, no matter who wins the state. The pledge takes effect only when states holding at least 270 electoral votes — a decisive margin in the Electoral College — agree to participate. That would ensure that the winner of the popular vote would take the election.
Making every vote actually really count for real?! But would anybody actually go for a crazy gambit like that? Well, kinda yeah…
Tier 1: Signed into law (50 electoral votes)
New Jersey (15)
Tier 2: Passed by one house, currently pending before other house (36 electoral votes)
Rhode Island (4, vetoed by governor)
Tier 3: Passed by at least one house in past (112 electoral votes)
California (55, vetoed by governor)
Michigan (17, not voted on by senate)
North Carolina (15, not voted on by house)
Massachusetts (12, not sent to governor)
New Mexico (5, not voted on by senate)
Maine (4, not voted on by house)
You know, if this goes through, I'll actually miss our old Electoral College days. You never think you're gonna miss it when you're in the middle of it — when it seems like it's never gonna end — but you always do.
Skipping Electoral Class, throwing up on the street outside Electoral Frat Houses, selling all your Electoral CDs in an attempt to scrape up enough Electoral Money to get your Electoral Girlfriend an Electoral Abortion.
You'll look back nostalgically. Believe me.
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