• 68°

GOP wants to change way game is played

This is an excerpt from “The Party Line” political blog at www.wfae.org, written by Dr. Michael Bitzer, professor of political science and history at Catawba College.

The theme of the recent Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte was “Renew, Grow and Win.” But it was more about the party of older, white males trying to learn 2012’s electoral lessons in order to face a changing electorate.
While the national GOP sought ways to revitalize the party, other Republicans were plotting ways of “winning” without really renewing or growing. Instead, they want to change the rules of the game.
Forty-eight states award their electoral prizes by the “first-past-the-post” method, meaning the first place winner gets all of the state’s electoral votes.
However, two states — Maine and Nebraska — award their electoral votes by whoever wins each congressional district. Two remaining votes are awarded to the statewide winner.
There’s a push in four states that Obama won in 2012 to adopt a similar system — Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In these states, Republicans control their state governments and their state congressional delegations.
In the 2012 presidential election, Obama scored 322 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.
Based on an analysis by the Huffington Post, if all the states adopted the congressional district allocation system, the 2012 presidential election would have been a very different result: Romney would have won by three electoral votes.
By reallocating their electoral votes into the congressional districts, Romney would have gained 35 electoral votes out of Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Now, as I describe to my students, politics is a game about power, and whoever has the power can write, or even rewrite, the rules of the game to suit their purpose.
But this potential rewriting of the Electoral College process appears more like “we’ll figure out how to win, no matter the rules.”
Granted, Obama would have picked up electoral votes that he didn’t get in some states, North Carolina being an example; he carried the 1st, 4th and 12th districts, simply because the GOP had redrawn the districts to heavily favor Democratic presidential voting patterns, while the other 10 districts went for Romney by overwhelming margins.
At the RNC’s winter meeting, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal bluntly stated that the GOP needs to “stop being the stupid party.” When it comes to changing the rules of the game because you’re a sore loser, perhaps some state GOP parties should heed Jindal’s advice.

Comments

Comments closed.

BREAKING NEWS

Barnes gets new punishment of two life sentences in 1992 murder of Tutterow couple

High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker

Local

Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank

College

North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys

Education

Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools

Local

Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid

Nation/World

When will gas situation return to normal?

Local

Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart

News

GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire

News

Black high school softball player told to cut hair

Coronavirus

State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan

Coronavirus

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

Crime

One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday

News

Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases

Local

‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack

Business

Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store

Local

Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem

Education

West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant

Cleveland

Town of Cleveland plans celebration May 22

High School

High school girls tennis: Busy Hornets win again easily

High School

High school softball: Nixon, Walton top all-county team