December 17, 2016

Such is democracy

The electoral college is also remarkably misleading. All the verbiage in each day’s newspapers—about the suddenly discovered white working man; the self-flagellation of Democrats; the confident assertion by Republicans that people want the past eight years sent down the memory hole, A.S.A.P.—is based on the erroneous premise that more people voted Republican than Democratic last month. By and large, Democrats have been good sports about how the electoral college turned their success into failure. But there is no rule or tradition or custom that requires anyone to pretend that Donald Trump “won” the election, or to forget who did.

 The electoral college is not democratic

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