Why writer is right, we need to dump the electoral college, now!
I've always despised the electoral college. It's an absurd system. It does exactly the opposite of what its' defenders allege. It motiviates candidates to visit only a few large states, when supporters of it amazingly state that without it candidates would only visit a few large states. It puts most of the nation out of play when it comes to the electoral college, with only less than 20 states mattering at all. Well, I was glad to read this column by Jonathan Turley this morning on why we should rid ourselves of this obsolete and archaic system. He writes:
"Rather than encouraging presidential candidates to take small states seriously, it results in turning most states into near total irrelevancies. With our two-party monopoly on power in the United States, candidates spend little time, if any, in states that are clearly going to go for the other party — or even for their own party. Thus, there is little reason for President Obama to go to Utah or for Mitt Romney to go to Vermont. The result is that elections are dominated by swing states while campaigns become dominated by the issues affecting those states."
He is exactly right of course. He is also right that there was opposition to the electoral college and it was a compromise in order to get the slave states into the union. Last I heard, slavery ended in our nation almost 150 years ago, so it really is obsolete. By the way, voting for a candidate based on him/her visiting your state, is a stupid reason to vote for anyone. Please check out his column.