The Chimps have been admonishing fellow progressives not to get gimmicky when it comes to fighting Trump and Trumpism. To that end, we have recommended that not much time, sweat, or hope be wasted on any futile effort to undo the constitutional command that we select our presidents by resort to an ill-considered relic called the Electoral College.
Since the Electoral College is, as we mentioned, a constitutional command, it would take a constitutional amendment to change it. That would mean getting two-thirds of the Congress and three-fourths of the state legislatures to go along (unless we resort to a constitutional convention, which would represent the same kind of lift). The drumming up of that kind of consensus in a country so densely populated by emotional thinkers would be, to put it generously, a pipe dream.
So the Electoral College, if we are being smart, is not something to be changed; it is something to be overcome.
To say that we can’t change the Electoral College is not to say that we should not appreciate the threat that it represents – indeed, as we draw up a game plan to overcome it, we must understand what we’re up against. To that end, consider that the popular vote margin right now is somewhere near plus-two-and-a-half-million votes in favor of Hillary Clinton. Clinton would have won the Electoral College, too, if she’d won Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. And when all is said and done, it looks like she’ll lose those three states by roughly a combined 80,000 votes.
That means that 80,000 voters in 3 pivotal states – far less than the 2.5 million voters who make up the difference in the popular vote – are steering the ship of state. If The Laughing Chimps are doing their math right, Clinton will win the popular vote by around 2 percentage points while .00002% of the population (the 80,000 people whose votes determined the fates of 330,000,000 Americans) accounted for the margin that put an assclown in charge of the nuclear codes. And just for kicks we did this math too: the 80,000 votes that decided the Electoral College election represents 3% of the 2.5 million who decided the popular vote outcome.
Imagine a big-ass bus with 100 people on board. Statistically speaking, because of the Electoral College, 97 of us just had to stand by and watch while 3 people took over the bus and drove it right off a cliff. So maybe the Constitution is a suicide pact, after all.
That is, unless – even though we can’t change it – we can overcome it.