A Candidate for RNC Chair and His Anti-Constitutional Ideas

From PajamasMedia:

If nothing else, the 2010 elections were about a renaissance of the United States Constitution. The constitutional restraints on the power of government are en vogue. A resurgent GOP has claimed the document as a unifying rallying cry. This is why it is so curious that one of the leading candidates for Republican National Committee chair has fought for one of the most anti-constitutional ideas of the last half-century.

Saul Anuzis, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, has aggressively championed the National Popular Vote movement. If you don’t know what that is, count your blessings. The National Popular Vote movement is a frontal assault on one of the most important parts of the Constitution — the method we use to elect the president.

The National Popular Vote movement would have states allocate their Electoral College votes to whichever candidate wins the nationwide popular vote. For example, South Carolina would have thrown their electoral votes in 2008 to Barack Obama even though McCain handily won the state.

It is a peculiar idea for a candidate for RNC chair to champion.

The plan relies on statutory changes in the states, not a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College. Naturally, there would never be sufficient support to amend the Constitution this way. States would never sign that suicide pact.  Americans may be disturbed, however, to learn that 31 state legislative chambers have passed this purely partisan initiative. Notice the blue hue of the states which have done so.

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The National Popular Vote Bill has passed the following state legislative chambers (as of Sept 21, 2010), including:

  • Arkansas House (in 2007 and 2009)
  • California Senate (in both 2006 and 2007)
  • California Assembly (in 2006 and 2008)
  • Colorado House (in 2009)
  • Colorado Senate (in both 2006 and 2007)
  • Connecticut House (in 2009)
  • Delaware House (in 2009)
  • District of Columbia Council (in 2010)
  • Hawaii House (in 2007 and 2008)
  • Hawaii Senate (in 2007 and 2008)
  • Illinois House (in 2007 and 2008)
  • Illinois Senate (in 2007)
  • Maine Senate (in 2008)
  • Maryland House (in 2007)
  • Maryland Senate (in 2007)
  • Massachusetts House (in 2008)
  • Massachusetts Senate (in 2008)
  • Michigan House (in 2008)
  • Nevada Assembly (in 2009)
  • New Jersey Assembly (in 2007)
  • New Jersey Senate (in 2008)
  • New Mexico House (in 2009)
  • New York Senate (in 2010)
  • North Carolina Senate (in 2007)
  • Oregon House (in 2009)
  • Rhode Island House (in 2008)
  • Rhode Island Senate (in 2008 and 2009)
  • Vermont House (in 2008)
  • Vermont Senate (in 2008)
  • Washington Senate (in 2008 and 2009)

Source: National Popular Vote

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