Massachusetts Will Soon Be Seeing Red

Did you hear what happened in Massachusetts today?

The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system and ensure that the winner of the presidential election is determined by the national popular vote.

Yes, you read that correctly. The Massachusetts Legislature essentially took the election of the President of the United States out of the hands of the citizens of Massachusetts. You see, no matter who they vote for in the 2012 election, all electoral votes for Massachusetts will be awarded to the candidate which receives the most popular votes, nationwide!

The bill, which passed on a 28-to-9 vote, now heads to Democratic Governor Deval Patrick’s desk. The governor has said in the past that he supports the bill, said his spokeswoman Kim Haberlin.

Under the law, which was enacted by the House last week, all 12 of the state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the candidate who receives the most votes nationally.

This is idea is actually stupid. Plain and simple. If you want to pass a law that awards your electoral votes based on the popular vote within your state, that’s one thing, but this has nothing to do with the people of Massachusetts, or their vote. If the people of Ohio, Florida, or any other swing state end up taking a candidate over the top with the popular vote, the state of Massachusetts is going to award their electoral votes to that candidate, whether or not that candidate did well in the popular vote.

Massachusetts isn’t alone either. Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, and Washington have also adopted the same law.

I can hardly wait to see the newscasts on election night 2012. When Illinois, Maryland, Hawaii, and Washington are all painted red because the citizens of those states allowed their legislature to elect “the other guy”.

The current Electoral College system is confusing and causes presidential candidates to focus unduly on a handful of battleground states, supporters say. They also say that the popular vote winner has lost in four of the nation’s 56 elections.

Wow. Four times in 56 elections. I can understand some people wanting to abolish the electoral college, but this bill is way over the top. The first time Massachusetts goes red on the map because of this law, the people will stand up and demand it be repealed. Just watch.

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A Fresh Face And A Fresh Start

What an unexpected night this turned out to be.

Two weeks ago it was unthinkable that Republican Scott Brown would win the special election in Massachusetts, yet tonight, he made history when he proved he could (and did) win it.

The people of Massachusetts spoke tonight and made it evidently clear where they stand on the issues. They also made it clear where they expect their senators and representatives to stand as well.

Many people believe this election was decided because of the health care reform issue, and that may very well be the case. Scott Brown’s win will be the final nail in the coffin for the current health care reform bill, and Democrats know it. If you don’t believe me, just listen to what they have to say now.

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) now says,

It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.

Sen. Webb made it clear that pushing the bill through with a vote before Brown is seated would appear “unfair”. Where was his concern about appearances each time they were pushing the bill through before today? Why wasn’t fairness a concern when they had a filibuster proof majority of 60 votes? Were they blinded with power?

In light of Scott’s victory, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) says,

If there isn’t any recognition that we got the message and we are trying to recalibrate and do things differently, we are not only going to risk looking ignorant but arrogant.

I take it Rep. Weiner has no idea that he and other Democrats looked ignorant because they were not listening to the American people. I take it he also doesn’t realize they looked arrogant because they were pushing votes on the health care bill before they knew what was contained within it. It’s a shame that it took the loss of “Ted Kennedy’s seat” (as they call it) before they started worrying about appearances.

Evan Bayh (D-IN) adds,

They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.

I don’t believe, for a moment, that any of these Democrats just realized all of this. They knew they had the super majority and they thought they could ram this health care bill down our throats.

Tonight, the people of Massachusetts saved the rest of us from the health care bill fiasco, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is still convinced they can pass the health care bill.

We will get the job done. I am confident of that. I have always been confident of that

Of course, she’s a little slow on the uptake because we all know the Botox has numbed her senses. Reality will dawn on her before the sun rises and she’ll be making another appointment to erase those worry wrinkles too.

All it will take is one vote to kill the bill. I find it highly ironic that the one vote will come from the man sitting in the seat that used to be filled by the ‘Lion of the Senate’, the man who’s life cause was universal health care, Ted Kennedy.

Democrats far and wide know the health care debate must start over. Even the staunchest of supporters of this bill know it’s time to start over. Just think how much they could have accomplished if they had just listened to the American people in the first place.

The people of Massachusetts are sending a fresh face to Washington, and with him, a fresh start on real health care reform. Congratulations Mr. Brown.

Driving Into A Ditch

I am up to my ears in a project today, but I wanted to make sure I wrote about something tonight.

Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says that even before the Massachusetts race the Democrats were preparing for the process of using “reconciliation” to pass the health care bill.

After the health care reform bill version have been merged into the piece of legislation that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid think has the best chance of passage, Reid can use the reconciliation tactic to push the bill through the Senate.

Under reconciliation, only 51 votes are needed to pass the bill. Rather than clearing the hurdle of the possibility of a filibuster, Reid can force the hand to push the bill through the Senate.

Whether or not Harry Reid choses to take this approach will all depend on the vote tomorrow night in Massachusetts. But then again, anything Harry Reid does to move the health care bill forward at all is going to cost him and his fellow Democrats heavily at the polls in November.

While we’re talking about the Senate race in Massachusetts, Van Hollen went on to state,

“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?”

Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Democrat invoke Chappaquiddik like this before. Times sure are changing, aren’t they?

Tomorrow is going to be an interesting day.