Skip to comments.Feinstein wants end to Electoral College Senator says she'll seek constitutional amendment
Posted on 12/23/2004 8:40:52 AM PST by 1066AD
Feinstein wants end to Electoral College Senator says she'll seek constitutional amendment
- Edward Epstein, Chronicle Washington Bureau Thursday, December 23, 2004
Washington -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday that when Congress returns in January, she will propose a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a one-person, one-vote system for electing the nation's president and vice president.
"The Electoral College is an anachronism, and the time has come to bring our democracy into the 21st century," Feinstein said in a statement.
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Dream on, verminous Weasel Woman.
Dubya still wins!!!!
I wonder if she'd be doing this if she represented Idaho?
Can you post a list of the Democrat senators from the small states..the ones with only a few EVs..this will be a very popular position for them to take.
Too many red states.
It could never get ratified. State's like mine would never be campaign stops without the electoral college, and for that very reason, the states with smaller populations would never stand for it.
The only way to have a Hillary win.
These weasels know that the urban masses are ignorant, and choose to ignore the wise words of our founding fathers about democracy being the weakest form of government.
Representative republic all the way baby!
How about One Congressional District = 1 Electoral Vote. Think our girl Dianne would go for that? Not in your lifetime.
I say OK if the amendment also includes repealing the 17th amendment.
Feinstein is a poster child for civilian ownership of .50bmg rifles. She wants to disarm the masses and then bring looney liberal tyranny of the coasts to the entire country.
Molon labe you ghoul, that goes for my guns and the electoral college.
As much as I hate to say it "I agree with this DemoRAT". The electoral college has long outlived it's usefulness. With todays communications setup we don't need it.
Senator! Sit down and shut up!
The Elector College serves a very important purpose, like it or not. It keeps heavily populated areas from domineering the election.
Had there been no Electoral College in '00 or '04, states like NM, NH, etc., would have had little-to-no significance. Elections would be determined by NYC, LA, DFW, Houston, Jacksonville, Chicago.
The Founding Fathers had much more wisdom and insight, and a whole lot less polical agenda than YOU, Diane. They created the Electoral College to give better representation and significance to the rural areas. It is amazing the insights they had.
It is frightening the idiocy contemporary lawmakers show---you wanting to eliminate the Electoral College; Hatch and others wanting to allow foreigners to run for the Presidency; Hatch wanting to allow foreigners to vote in OUR election.
I don't think so! The system while flawed has worked well for over 200 years!
You are highly confused. It is needed more now than ever.
Dock her salary for wasting time.
If you wish to observe one person---one vote in action----take a hard look at what is happening here in Washington State governor's election. It sucks!!!
I'm with you there.
And then maybe we should push for a constitutional amendment that would require officials elected US senate or house seats to actually know what kind of government they're working in.
It's not a democracy. It's a Federal Republic.
great use of her time....endlessly trying to do something she can't acheive should keep her out of the way of real work.
Yeah, I bet this one gets a lot of traction. I think Di should devote ALL of her time and resources working on this isse.
The headline should read "Feinstein knows better than Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton, Paterson, Franklin, and other dead founding fathers"
Leahy from VT comes to mind immediately.
"I dream of a day when 5 or 6 major cities will have total control over who becomes the US president. The voters in about 45 states will have no say in the matter! Those ignorant rubes don't deserve to vote at all! Now ... all I have to do is convince two-thirds of those god-forsaken states to vote for a Constitutional Amendment that will drastically reduce their own political relevance .... hmmmmmm ... how can I do that? Maybe Hillary has an idea ..."
She's proposing it because she knows if a California Constitutional amendment passes, dividing up the electoral votes between vote-getters, then California will become even more irrelevant in Presidential elections, and that Republican dominance of the White House will last for decades, until another sea change in American and California politics.
Smells like old crusty is giving orders again. '08 starts now.
The recipe for electing the president was cobbled together in the final days of the Convention. Nobody was satisfied with it, but it was the best the combined minds of the Convention could come up with.
In December 1829, Andrew Jackson, in his annual message to Congress, argued in favor of a constitutional amendment to elect the president by popular vote. Jackson argued that we were no longer a republic, but a democracy, and the Constitution needed to be updated to reflect that fact. (He also proposed direct election of senators.) Jackson's idea was too far out in front of the public, and it went nowhere.
After the close call in 1968, several plans were brought forward. One was a revival of Jackson's 1829 suggestion. The other, proposed by Republican senators Everett Dirksen of Illinois and Karl Mundt of South Dakota, suggested granting each congressional district one electoral vote and each state two electoral votes.
Both ideas continued to gather adherents in the Seventies, but then the momentum went out of the movement.
Maine and Nebraska, however, decided to follow the Dirksen-Mundt idea on their own. Both states assign electoral votes by congressional district and assign two votes to the state in general.
Is she actually clueless enough to believe that she could actually succeed in this dopey impossible quest, or is she just fundraising?
You might outta rethink that.
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This lady is sitting in congress and she doesn't even know what form of government we have! Democracy?? Not on your life, lady. She needs to resign immediately and go home. She's too ingnorant to serve the public. People elected her?
She needs to set an example right there in California by having her own state apportion electoral delegates per popular vote-- like Maine does.. Of course that would just give the Republicans an even bigger advantage but she says that democracy is the goal above all else.
She'll get 37 states when Bill goes a year being faithful to Hillary...I think we are safe.
You're absolutely right... states like Delaware, Rhode Island, Wyoming and South Dakota that only have 3 electoral votes will never go for this. Without the Electoral College, those states lose what little power they have, and control of national elections goes to the 7 or 8 states with the highest populations (CA, TX, NY, FL, IL, MI, OH, PA). Right now California has 55 electoral votes, Rhode Island 3. Under a system based only on popular vote, without the Electoral College, it would be the equivalent of giving California 100 electoral votes and Rhode Island 3, since California has about 34 million people and Rhode Island has just over 1 million.
I believe if you had sat and thought about something to say that was as inappropriate as it could possibly be given the times we live in today, you could not possibly have come up with something better then this to accomplish the task.
It wasn't created to overcome communication difficulties. It was set up to ensure that the low-population states had some influence on the presidency.
What does this have to do with Mob rule? Removing the electoral college will eventually accomplish that. If we are going to remove the electoral college we need to rename the United States of America to the United People of America...More apathy will set in because voters not in the majority would matter less.
Well, that's just it...with her leftist bent, there's no way the people of the Great State of Idaho would have her as their Senator.
Biden in Delaware...
This will go the way of the ERA.
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