Parties and Presidential Selection

By |2021-02-23T10:52:46-06:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Electoral College, Politics, Presidency|

The current presidential selection system is broken. The way to fix it is by returning to strong parties at the national, state, and local levels. The 2004 Senate election and 2008 Presidential election of Barack Obama demonstrate how outside actors can create political momentum to capture a political party. This results in a party that [...]

Abolish the Electoral College… or Abolish the Popular Vote?

By |2021-02-10T09:24:06-06:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Electoral College, Politics|

Instead of the United States abandoning the Electoral College, state legislatures should take us in exactly the opposite direction. From now on, they should abandon a statewide popular vote for president, and instead either appoint electors directly or implement an Electoral College–type system within each state. […]

Why Do We Have an Electoral College?

By |2020-11-01T19:07:15-06:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Constitution, Electoral College, Politics, Timeless Essays|Tags: , |

The modern Electoral College may not be exactly what the Founders intended, but it fits the spirit of their decentralized federal system. During the debates over the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton remarked in Federalist 68 that the method of presidential selection was “almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which [...]

Is the Electoral College Fair?

By |2020-10-25T15:26:17-05:00October 25th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Electoral College, Politics, Presidency|

The electoral college has at least indirectly done its work by helping to assure that a successful presidential candidate would have broad support throughout the country, as opposed to simply being the overwhelming choice of only a section/slice of the country. The 2016 election of Donald Trump put many things in motion. The 2020 election [...]

A Popular Defense of Our Undemocratic Constitution

By |2020-03-03T17:23:15-06:00October 28th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Democracy, Electoral College, Federalism, Federalist Papers, Wyoming Catholic College|

If we consider the Founders’ arguments for the Constitution, we find not only that they intended it to be undemocratic, but that they would defend even its most undemocratic elements on “popular” grounds. What might appear to the partisans of democracy today as outdated roadblocks to efficient government are for the Founders politically salutary forms [...]

Misunderstanding John C. Calhoun’s Federalism

By |2019-04-30T16:47:09-05:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: Constitution, Electoral College, Featured, Federalism, History, John C. Calhoun|

Far from feeding disunion, John C. Calhoun understood that a more perfect Union listened to the representative voices of the states, rather than the despotic voice of the “nation” represented in the federal Congress… I recently read two essays: one bemoaning the electoral college, and another explaining that Yale University was considering renaming Calhoun College. [...]

Nullifying the Election: Is It OK to Encourage “Faithless Electors”?

By |2016-12-04T22:24:12-06:00December 4th, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Donald Trump, Electoral College, Politics|

Attacks on the Electoral College itself are not new. What is new is the demand being made by many progressives, including prominent constitutional scholars, that Electors themselves abandon their constitutional duties in the name of “fairness”… As most readers probably are aware, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein launched a campaign to “recount” electoral results [...]

Predicting the Meaning of the Election and the Electoral College

By |2013-12-19T11:06:58-06:00November 4th, 2012|Categories: Barack Obama, Electoral College, Mitt Romney, Peter A. Lawler, Politics|

James Ceaser, perhaps our most distinguished student of American politics on the conservative side, isn’t about predicting the outcome of elections. That’s actually hard to do. And those political scientists who predict outcomes correctly well in advance are almost always just lucky. This election, all the evidence suggests, is going to be very close and [...]

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