From First Read: Republicans are looking to improve their standing in time for the next presidential election. They want to do a better job reaching out to Latinos, they want to soften their tone when it comes to social issues, and they want to narrow their techno operation gap with Democrats. But here's another way you might not have heard: Some Republicans are looking to change the Electoral College system in battleground states that Democrats have won in the last two cycles. As the Washington Post reports, Republicans in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia - all controlled at the state level (in some form or fashion) by the GOP - have proposed awarding their Electoral College votes by congressional district instead of the winner-take-all approach used by every state except for two (Maine and Nebraska).
From the Center for American Progress: The Republican Plan would reallocate electoral votes so that a maximum of two electoral votes would go to the overall winner of several key blue states. The lion's share of the state's electors would then be allocated one by one to the presidential candidate who won each individual congressional district.
There were a few lone voices of reason amongst the right-wing, however:
According to Think Progress: Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) poured cold water on a Republican plan to rig the Electoral College that is being considered in a number of states to all but ensure that the next president will be a Republican. "To me, that's like saying in a football game, 'We should have only three quarters, because we were winning after three quarters and the beat us in the fourth," Weatherford, a Republican, told the Herald/Times. "I don't think we need to change the rules of the game, I think we need to get better."
Fellow Republican leader, Senate President Don Gaetz, wasn't favorable to the plan either. He said he would prefer a more progressive proposal: abolishing the Electoral College and replacing it with a national popular vote. Said Gaetz: "The farmer standing in his field in North Dakota should be just as important as the factory worker in Ohio."
Whatever happened to the party of Lincoln? Instead of entering into politics for the best of possible reasons – representing their constituents comes to mind as a priority – they lie, cheat and steal their way into office. Is it any wonder many of us look upon the right-wing as a collective group of unhinged fanatics? They are hell-bent on imposing their antiquated social edicts on everyone, taking away freedom of choice in most instances and then dismissing the relevance of the growing population and ever-changing demographics of America.
And why don't reasonable big-name Republicans point out the dishonesty? NJ Governor Chris Christie comes to mind, as does John McCain to a lesser extent (although he has lost much of his credibility in recent years).
Or have they all gone over to the dark side?