Look, I didn’t wanna be the one to pop your 2016 cherry and I certainly didn’t want to do it less than 48 hours after President Obama began his second term, but rust never sleeps, yo. Last week, the Republicans in the Pennsylvania statehouse introduced House Bill 94 which, if passed, will allot all but two of the state’s 19 presidential electors proportionally instead of winner take all.
The Commonwealth’s electoral klout has been on the wane now for a clean 100 years. In 1912 (the last time Pennsylvania gained representatives in a census) behind New York, PA was the second largest electoral state, casting all 38 of it’s electoral votes for Teddy Roosevelt and his Progressive party. Thirty-Eight electors. That is more than Texas (20) and California (13) combined. But ten years previous in 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier had invented air-conditioning and so began Pennsylvania’s long slow slide into electoral obscurity. This slide will be seriously hastened if this bill passes because it is combined with the previous diabolical republican plan of redistricting with a partisan jaggedness that would make Elbridge Gerry blush. And remember, this is the revised redistricting, the first attempt being so baldfaced that the PA supreme court even said, “Slow your roll.”
Would this have changed the results of the 2012 election? Meet us after the jump to find out.
The last Democrat to lose Pennsylvania was Michael Dukakis in 1988, and in 2012, despite the millions spent by the superest of PACs, Barack Obama won the state and all 20 of its electors by a comfortable 5 points. But, as you can see in this graphic, because of the Pensyltucky conundrum, he actually carried only 5 of PA’s 18 congressional districts. Under the proposed legislation, Barack Obama would’ve garnered 7 electoral votes, (the five districts he carried and the two at large electors given to the winner of the state’s popular vote,) and Gov. Romney would’ve “lost” the state with 13 electors. Extrapolate to the other states introducing similar legislation, 17 electoral votes in Florida, 9 in Michigan, 12 in Ohio, 8 in Virginia, and 5 in Wisconsin — for a total of 64 additional electoral votes. Add those 64 to the 206 Romney earned, old college style, and you can Thank the Heavenly Father that Uncle Hairdoo is the 45th President of these United States of America. In case you’re wondering if that’s democracy? No it is not.
This plan is the third prong in an truly shameful pitchfork involving blatantly partisan redistricting designed to create false majorities in the statehouse, and then using those majorities to push through voter ID laws that target Democratic minority voters and should be an embarrassment to anyone who claims to be a Republican.
Is all of this bullshit really easier than finding platform planks that people like? I guess so, it just might work. Someday, I just hope to see Oprah make Tom Corbett cry as he apologizes for all the cheating.
[Image via Politics PA]
— Adam Brodsky
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