I like Fred, but am not sure why he is supporting this.
And I thought he was intelligent. My mistake. He doesn’t realize that eliminating the Electoral College would allow the most populated states control who will be president.
Sadly, we're screwed regardless.
What the hell is Thompson thinking? The result of this would be that future elections would be controlled by liberals and government dependents in the urban mega-plexes.
Our forefathers were very wise to create the electoral college and their reasoning still holds up today.
WTF, Fred? Please, stop!
Every state in every election could be like Florida 2000.
I thought Fred Thompson was on our side!
Sheesh Fred.. do a little more reading/learning and a little less talking. This is basic stuff for heavens sake. You’re acting like a tool.
Absolutely stupid idea! Way to “reach across the aisle”, Fred.
A “compact agreement among the states” is called a Constitutional amendment.
He’s been pimping this crap for at least a year.
Here in Michigan the guy I supported for RNC chairman (Saul Anuzis) is also pushing it.
We got progs inside the wire.
Screw fred... he is nothing but a dumb assed actor like looney clooney.
I was supportive of Fred at one time.
Amazing how people can be so wrong-headed.
This is a "feel good" idea that has no utility or merit. Hillary Clinton and many other Democrats would like to switch to a popular vote. But ignoring the intent of our Founding Fathers is folly because they want to safeguard our Constitutional Republic, not undermine of dispose of it.
This is the death of the republic.
It would be an abomination for the results of one state’s vote to decide the selection of another state’s elected representatives—and make no mistake—Presidential Electors are elected representatives. It would be no different from a state implementing a law which said a state’s governor would be determined by which party won the majority of governorships that year.
Allocating Electors based on some method which proportional to the state’s votes, such as Maine’s and Nebraska’s Congressional District system remains true to the concept of the Electoral College, but solves many of the limitations, while still creating a clear and defendable winner. Other proportional systems such as the 2004 Colorado proposal have challenges.
If the popular vote initiative was ever instituted, states like VT, NH, NM, NV, AZ, MT, ND, SD, etc., would NEVER see a presidential candidate.
We would see NYC, LA, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc., electing the president.
Fly-over country would be completely ignored.
Thank goodness the Thompson bandwagon crashed in 2008.
Where do most liberals live?
NYC, LA, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc.
“so screwed if we lose the Electoral College”..You are absolutely 100% correct! This would mean the “Left Coast” and the Urban centers of the East would control the presidential elections. Somebody must be paying Thompson for his support on this.
Fred Thompson now wants to disenfranchise the small states? WTF?
ONLY someone with no appreciation for our history would want mob rule....which is what a popular vote only national election would be!
I really am concerned, folks, that we are forgetting about the 10th amendment and states rights in our urge to blast “tyranny”.