Well, it is finally here – the day the Electoral College certifies – or not – Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. The hue and cry over Trump continues, and the strong arming of electoral college voters has descended to the depths of death threats.
Apparently, that is how we roll now in the United States. If you don’t get your way, bully, bludgeon, harass, intimidate, and threaten people with bodily harm/death if they don’t do what you want them to do. To say that Democrats are being sore losers is an insult to sore losers. Their continued reactions to a race they lost all by them own selves by not showing up is astonishing.
Then again, this is the same behavior we saw from the Occupy Wall Street People and the continued behavior by many of the Black Lives Matter people, so I guess this is just who they are now. But their actions are far from democratic or even Constitutional. There is always a winner and a loser in these Presidential elections, and just because the Democratic candidate doesn’t win does not mean we have to burn down the whole system. Perhaps they could take a clue and look at their policies to learn something and make some changes rather than blaming everyone else. Then again, that would necessitate some maturity they have not yet demonstrated (as a whole, that is – I imagine there are some who accept this is the outcome, but their voices are not the ones we hear).
And since everyone is going on and on about this, CBS News has a piece that breaks down the whole popular vote thing was in each state. The chart showing each state and the differential is interesting:
The Electoral College votes Monday. Just as electors cast their ballots, here’s a look at the popular vote count from each state, based on the most updated results in each state compiled by CBS News:
CBS News’ Reena Flores contributed to this report. (Click here to read the rest.)
The Hill has five things for which we should be watching in today’s vote. Here are some of them:
How many Trump electors defect?
There’s no evidence of a widespread number of Republican defections—just one Republican elector from Texas has gone public with plans to break from Trump.
The so-called “Hamilton Electors” pushing for the revolt need to flip 36 more Republicans onto their side in order to throw the election to the House of Representatives. Even that would probably only delay the inevitable, with the Republican-controlled House eventually choosing Trump anyway. […]
How many Democrats follow through with compromise pick?
Democratic electors are the ones beating the drums for the revolt, yet they’re largely powerless to change the outcome.
A handful of electors are already planning on uniting around a Republican alternative as a protest, but it’s still unclear how many are willing to join the protest.
In theory, a unified front of the 232 Democrats could join with 38 Republicans to elect an alternative president. But in practice, the anti-Trump electors will be lucky if more than a dozen Democrats break. […]
And that’s the thing. There is THEORY, and there is REALITY. What the final numbers will be will certainly be interesting, though I also have to wonder if there is more smoke than fire in these discussions.
Here’s the bottom line from The Hill:
Does vote change views on the Electoral College?
The 2016 election has been a crash course for many Americans on the ins and outs of the electoral process. This new attention means voters’ attitudes could be shifted by whether the results on Monday are in line with the Election Day figures.
First came the primary, where the specter of a contested convention revealed the possibility that primary voters may not have as much say as they believed they did. And now, the hubbub about the Electoral College is offering a similar lesson.
With Democrats pointing to Clinton’s significant popular vote win, there’s a new push from the left to scrap the Electoral College all together.
On the other hand, Republican support for the Electoral College has jumped since Election Day. While 54 percent told Gallup in 2012 that they wanted to change the presidential election to a national popular vote, just 19 percent of Republican respondents felt that way after this year’s election. (Click here to read the rest.)
Here’s the thing. We have Presidential Elections every four years. How is it that people are still unclear on this whole Electoral College thing?? Every. Four. Years. We are a Republic, and the Founders set it up this way to make sure voices across the country were heard.That the Democrats consistently throw hissy fits about the Electoral College if their candidate doesn’t win is just childish. I’m sorry, but it just is.
You all know that I have ZERO love lost for Trump, but the reality is, the ploys and tricks by the Democrats failed, as did their members in turning out to vote. They have no one to blame but themselves for what is an all-but-certain President Trump.
At least that’s what I think. How about you? As noted in the title, this is an Open Thread, so if you can’t bear to think about the outcome today, and just want to ignore it all, it IS the week before Christmas, so feel free to share videos, stories, pictures, or cartoons about Christmas or whatever else is on your minds. Have at it!