July 24, 2014

Back to the Future?

Will Obama lose the election but keep the White House?

The way things are looking, that’s not a rhetorical question.  Right now, Obama is holding onto slender leads in most of the battleground states, while Romney is leading the national polls.

What does that mean?  Obama could lose the popular vote, but win the Electoral College — just like George W. Bush did in 2000 (thanks to his 537-vote “victory” in Florida).

While some might see such an Obama victory as poetic justice, it tells me that we must get rid of the Electoral College pronto.  In this time and age, it simply defies reason — and the core principle of democracy — that anyone can win by losing.

While this election is far from over, it’s not too early to think about ways to improve how we elect our President — especially the National Popular Vote plan, which AAA-Fund strongly supports.

The rules of an election matter.  Let’s see how they’ll affect Election 2012.

– Gautam Dutta

 

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