The California Legislature passed a bill to remove the Electoral College from presidential elections and make it a pure popularity contest.
This is the same legislature which promised the voter's of California redistricting reform..but..whoops...forgot to do it this session.
We all know that these legislators are smarter than Jefferson and the other framers of the US Constitution.
Let's take a quick look at modern presidential campaigns:
They come down to the following: Your TV commercials vs. my TV commercials.
To some of the candidates, it's a pain in the ass to have to "meet the people" in any case.
If we eliminate the Electoral College, and the presidential election is only a popularity contest, why not just whip up the mob in the big cities with the latest angry rhetoric and stop campaigning in the bergs and small towns which will have the smallest impact on the election?
Everyone knows that the only places that really count are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and New York City. Most of those citizens, as everyone knows, are a hell of lot smarter about voting, even though they have never met a presidential candidate, than "those" other people who live in Grass Valley,California,Ida Grove,Iowa or Cornish, New Hampshire.
Just like making candidates appear in small town New Hampshire, during the primary, to shake hands, so they can get a real "feel" for the candidate---how does he or she shake a hand, does he look in your eyes or at your bosom--does he or she answer the questions directly or doesn't have a clue? It is just as important to make the politician pay attention to these same voters--in time and money--in the general election for president.
It is important for our presidential candidates to work just as hard in rural America, as it is in our big cities.
Eliminating the Electoral College will eventually make small towns irrelevant to the campaign consultants who run these modern campaigns.
Rather than signing this piece of legislation, maybe the California Governor can call the legislature into special session to pass electoral reform of the redistricting game.
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