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Yesterday, Politico published this article about the “Democratic presidential electors revolt against Trump”, but it is a revolt against the voters in their own party.
At least a half-dozen Democratic electors have signed onto an attempt to block Donald Trump from winning an Electoral College majority, an effort designed not only to deny Trump the presidency but also to undermine the legitimacy of the institution.
That quote, unqualified, seems a noble and brave effort from these ‘democratic electors’ to uphold democracy by trying to honor the wishes of the people of their own party who voted in historical numbers for their party candidate, Hillary Clinton.
What they are actually trying to do is unthinkable. To avoid the appearance that I’m misinterpreting the facts, I quote directly from the article.
The presidential electors, mostly former Bernie Sanders supporters who hail from Washington state and Colorado, are now lobbying their Republican counterparts in other states to reject their oaths — and in some cases, state law — to vote against Trump when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 19.
…But the Democratic electors are convinced that even in defeat, their efforts would erode confidence in the Electoral College and fuel efforts to eliminate it, ending the body’s 228-year run as the only official constitutional process for electing the president. With that goal in mind, the group is also contemplating encouraging Democratic electors to oppose Hillary Clinton and partner with Republicans in support of a consensus pick like Mitt Romney or John Kasich.
Looks like Sanders and his supporters are not going to be happy until they see Hillary Clinton (HC) dead or in prison. Who could be “encouraging” Democrats to vote against fellow Democrat and winner of the popular vote, HC, but Sanders and his supporters?
First, what is the logic here? How is it that, knowing that the Republicans are not going to ‘unelect‘ Trump, the only way they see to “erode the confidence in the Electoral College is by opposing the person who suffered the unfairness of that political body, i.e., the candidate who despite getting the most votes was denied the presidency?