Man in green: I'd like to have the porterhouse, rare, and a baked potato with LOTS of butter and sour cream...but my electoral college here says I'll have the vegetable plate.
But this is set in stone in the Constitution. There are one of two ways to over come it. Get 2/3rds of the states to vote on it or change how it works state by state till you get enough to where the others remaining states don’t matter. That is change the state laws to tell the Electors they can only vote the way the majority have voted in the state.
Since when have politicians ever listened to the voters?
The vegetable plate is not good for my constitution. I want lunch to be great again.
The electors could vote for sanity, and go with the popular majority.
Dogsniff..You funny dog, you….
Vegetables, eh? Of course, that makes sense..We’ll be full of fermenting plants, and in a couple of days will smell like it…
The problem with getting rid of the Electoral College is that no one who becomes President wants to ruin the system that put them in power.
So when she leaves to powder her nose, you know what to bring me!
There was a good reason for instituting the Electoral College. Many who understand that have not realized how "dumb-downed the educational system has become. The Electoral College was set up so one or two large states could not dominate the other states. In this election, L.A. and NYC would be dictating to the rest of the country. You can throw in Chicago too.I suspect the Hillary supporters would have been happier than a pig in you know what if the results were reversed and be telling others to stop whining that Trump had more popular votes because of 2 of those three cities and she had won the electoral count.When you look at the electoral map, you will see a sea of “red” (won by Trump) vs a few small enclaves (typically large urban cities) won by Hillary. How many times have people within a state complained that the politicians favor the large city (or cities) at the expense of the rest of the state, Based on the arguments made by the whiners, a case could be made that Bill Clinton should not have been president as he did not when 50% or more of the vote and maybe a run-off should have been held between the two with the most votes. Maybe the majority of the Perot voters might have gone to Bush.
Start with something closer to home and get your state to eliminate the “winner takes all” rule and do proportional electors. Does not require any federal action.
Somebody needs to look up why we have an electoral college.
Poor, Poor Liberals. Maybe the best answer would be a divorce. (Goodbye California)
NC is going through exactly what Bob C spoke about. While I admit it is a close election by popular votes, by countiy count, only the counties with a large urban population and universities had a majority for the “progressive” candidate. Gee, go figure.
My popular selections have often been trumped ( no pun intended -really ! ) by my EC ( Ecuatoriana Chica ) !
Have the porterhouse – skip the potato and bread – add a huge amount of green vegetables.
The Electoral College made sense in a time without instant communication, without broadcast communication, without rapid transportation. Instead of trying to get all of the information to all of the people, each area entrusts a proxy representative to assemble and make a decision. The extra 2-per-state bonus bought the buy-in of the agrarian colonies. But that was then; this is now, with nationwide air travel taking the candidate everywhere, instantaneous communication bringing speeches and debates live to everyone everywhere, and reporting of results being added up in real time within hours. OTOH of course the current system wouldn’t be voted out; the people who are getting those bonuses, which have gotten even more significant in proportion as the population imbalance has grown between big states and small states (18:1 in 1770 vs 66:1 in 2010), will never vote those bonuses to give up those bonuses.
Wiley, GET OVER IT !
See, It’s good for you!
LMAO, all this Liberal whining is way too funny. You lost. Get over it or as Danae says, "Stuff happens, get over it. lololol!
Love the subtlety of this strip.
@wmconelly: The Constitution provides for the reapportionment of the number of Representatives for each state every ten years based on the census. Thus, while the number of Representatives may be stuck at 435, the number each state has changes with their proportion of the total population.
One man, one vote; if you are ’white, . . .
I say fine you want to get rid of the electoral college let’s also get rid of the union. About time for the working class people to break away from the coastal and large city elites.
You folks know this cartoon isn’t about the electoral college…right?
The Electoral College was already obsolete back when the Constitution was amended to allow for direct popular vote election of Senators—you know, more than a century ago. It should’ve been tossed out along with the original Senators-appointed-by-state-legislators method (which, like the Electoral College, was designed to take the vote away from most people).
What you want isn’t always what’s best for you.
You get rid of the EC, then get rid of the “superdelegate” fiasco as well. Bernie got the shaft from his own people…..
This is a very clever strip. Yes sir, if your wife represents the minority vote then she may be your electoral college. The EC has always protected minorities from mob rule. We now live in a world where cartoonists are smarter than the news media.
My father-in-law was a diabetic with a heart condition and for a while had ulcers. I claimed that he would die of starvation since nothing was on his diet.
When asked how he knew what to eat, he said that he looked at his wife and if she gave him “the look” he passed on it.
HRC was your Porterhouse Steak?
YES! YES YES YES!!!!!!! Let’s get RID of the E.C.!!!!!Look what we wound up with!!!!!
Discard the electoral college in favor of a national popular vote and you disenfranchise the smaller states. No one’s going to give a fat damn about New Hampshire when New York’s Nassau County alone has more people. No one’s going to bother with Nevada when the Los Angeles metropolitan area is a bigger media market.
The plain and simple fact is that it is impossible to create a system that won’t screw over somebody. The only difference is who gets screwed.
And let us be clear, here. This is exactly the same system the elected Obama twice, that elected Bill Clinton twice (the first time when he didn’t achieve a majority in the popular vote), elected Reagan twice, and elected Nixon twice. No matter where you are on the ideological graph, the system has worked in your favor at least five times since I’ve been alive. To call it broken now when it works against you isn’t quite the height of hypocrisy—Trump’s pledge to drain the swamp and then turning around and filling his cabinet with swamp critters has to take that title—but it’s at least in the top fifteen.
The electoral college isn’t the problem. The electorate is the problem—an electorate that tailors the facts to suit its attitudes, has fallen in love with ideological purity tests (and Wiley, I am looking directly at you on this one), doesn’t really look at the big picture much, and thinks there’s no real difference between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas. Scrapping the electoral college is just treating a symptom; the underlying disease remains the same.
Great cartoon… the electoral college determines what’s best over the unhealthy preference of what’s popular. And in this last election, All electoral votes went with the popular decision OF THE STATE’s majority. (At least according to the last time I looked, the day after HRC’s concession)
The evil of the two lessers!
Obviously, Wiley and others are not over the election yet… still whining…
Is this a pre-buffet Chinese restaurant – one from column A and one from column B? I am sick of “it’s a republic, not a democracy”. They are two different categories. Republic refers to the structure: government by representatives rather than individual voting on every issue (Athenian, and to some degree the Swiss plebicite, being examples). Democracy refers to who rules (all the people limited by certain unalienable rights to the majority and to the minority). A country, or any subdivision of it, can be either, neither, or both. Strange that only the fascist end of the spectrum ignores this distinction.
Wiley and others need to understand the founding principles of this country. The Electoral College is a brilliant institution that prevents the tyranny of the masses. I wish we had it in Washington State where one county decides what the entire state gets!
Yeah. Let’s have a Democracy and we can be France. Five big cities control the entire Nation. Apparently you do not want to keep the Republic.
Not obvious enough. And negative humor. Grade today:F. Shape up, willya?
The electoral college was put in the Constitution to settle how states with slaves should be represented—as 3/5s of a person in terms of the House, and thus more Representatives and hence more Electors than if they hadn’t counted the slaves at all, and not as many as if they’d counted them as the human beings they were. It was a compromise to get the southern states to join the union—otherwise they would have been outvoted by the north on everything, including slavery, and they knew it.
Poor libs like Wiley just can’t accept that we are NOT a democracy. A democracy is 2 wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner. The electoral college protects the sheep. ’Nuff said.
The principal design of the electoral college is that the majority of people often don’t know what is best. It prevents a president that is immoral and criminal. It also ensures that all Americans get a say, not just the most populous areas where opinions tend to be similar. I believe it has succeeded this year.
Thank God for the Electoral College, or he’d be on life support now.