So far, fifteen states (blue ones, one and all) have joined what’s being called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. This means laws have been passed in those states pledging that, no matter who actually wins the state in the presidential election, the state’s electoral votes will go to whichever candidate wins the overall national popular vote.
This is a Democrat initiative to erase situations like the 2016 election, where Hillary Clinton lost despite coming out 3 million votes ahead of Donald Trump. It is, to put it more plainly, a scheme to give most of the country’s presidential voting power to states like California, where a Democrat is almost guaranteed to win.
Finally, though, a governor has decided to stand up for his state and the people therein. Who might, you know, actually want to see their vote make a difference in the next election. Gov. Steve Sisolak of Nevada vetoed a bill on Thursday that would have given the state’s six electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.
“Once effective, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact could diminish the role of smaller states like Nevada in national electoral contests and force Nevada’s electors to side with whoever wins the nationwide popular vote, rather than the candidate Nevadans choose,” Sisolak said in a statement. “I recognize that many of my fellow Nevadans may disagree on this point and I appreciate the legislature’s thoughtful consideration of this important issue. As Nevada’s governor, I am obligated to make such decisions according to my own conscience. In cases like this, where Nevada’s interests could diverge from the interests of large states, I will always stand up for Nevada.”
Good for him. He is one Democratic state leader who seems to remember who he actually represents. The ones in California, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere have long since forgotten that in their efforts to make it to the national stage.
This push to abandon the Electoral College is nothing more than a transparent scheme for Democrats to defy the Constitution and make it impossible for “flyover country” to have a say in the election of the next president. To them, it is more important that 10 million liberals on the West Coast pick the president than to have the country represented in an even, fair way. This advantage would become all-but-insurmountable the very day after Democrats succeed in legalizing all of the illegitimate aliens who are just chomping at the bit to vote for their party.
If there are sound arguments against the Electoral College, let’s debate them as a nation. But let’s do so through the writing and ratification of a Constitutional Amendment, not through a series of Blue State temper tantrums.