Now, the popular vote is a no-brainer… It’s how many people voted for either Obama or McCain, no special formulas or secret magic riddles.
But how does the Electoral College work? And why the huge discrepancy between the Electoral College result and the popular vote?
This analogy may help, as was stated way back long ago by Ann Coulter:
When you vote for president this fall, you will not be voting for Barack Obama or John McCain; you will be voting for an elector who pledges to cast his vote for Obama or McCain. (For those new Obama voters who may be reading, it’s like voting for Paula, Randy or Simon to represent you, instead of texting your vote directly.)
Got that? More accurately, you send in your sms or phone call, and pick someone (anyone at all!) to become an Idol judge.
When the final performances are over, those picked to become judges choose the next Idol – the viewers no longer have any say in the matter at this point.
And this may surprise you: America does not have to be a democratic nation of the people where the principle of ‘one man, one vote’ is adhered to!
Unbeknownst to liberals, who seem to imagine the Constitution is a treatise on gay marriage, our Constitution sets forth rules for the election of a president. Under the Constitution that has led to the greatest individual liberty, prosperity and security ever known to mankind, Americans have no constitutional right to vote for president, at all. (Don’t fret Democrats: According to five liberals on the Supreme Court, you do have a right to sodomy and abortion!)
Americans certainly have no right to demand that their vote prevail over the electors’ vote.
The Constitution states that electors from each state are to choose the president, and it is up to state legislatures to determine how those electors are selected. It is only by happenstance that most states use a popular vote to choose their electors.
Any state could abolish general elections for president tomorrow and have the legislature pick the electors. States could also abolish their winner-take-all method of choosing presidential electors — as Nebraska and Maine have already done, allowing their electors to be allocated in proportion to the popular vote. And of course there’s always the option of voting electors off the island one by one.
Consequently, under both the law and common sense, the famed “popular vote” is utterly irrelevant to presidential elections. It would be like the winner of “Miss Congeniality” claiming that title also made her “Miss America.”