Ruth Bader Ginsburg Just Gave AOC a Severe Reality Check
In years past plenty of opposition has been given to the Electoral College, mainly by liberal presidential candidates who have lost, such as former Senator Hillary Clinton. Ever since it was realized on November 8, 2016, that she would not be the next president of the United States, progressive lawmakers siding for her have fought to get rid of it.
They realized that even though Clinton might have had the popular vote, she could still lose to Donald Trump. And lose she did. To them, this was unfair and should be counted as such.
After all, they had worked hard for it. Apparently, then-DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile was afraid that while Hillary might win the electoral vote, she would lose the popular vote. So they spent millions in campaign resources working on getting the popular vote in states where it was already determined.
They must have forgotten that the popular vote is not really the one that matters.
In light a new presidential election coming up, the idea of getting rid of the Electoral College in favor a popular vote is getting more and more attention, especially from progressive lawmakers like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
She posted an Instagram story last month in which she stated that the Electoral College “is, in fact, a scam” and that it “has a racial injustice breakdown.” According to her, it is unfair that big cities that house much of minority populations count just as much as states that have a counted population of much less.
She even insinuated that those fewer populated states were worthless in comparison and that they didn’t need those votes.
However, it appears that a few people on the liberal side of the law still have a good head on their shoulders, as long-time progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg proved on Monday.
When the Supreme Court Justice spoke to the University of Chicago, she pointedly said that AOC and other’s efforts to ax the Electoral College were “more theoretical than real.”
She said, “It’s largely a dream because our Constitution is… hard to amend.” And continued with, “I know that from experience.”
Ginsburg basically told the audience that it wasn’t going to happen. And when we look at what needs to happen for it take any sort of serious root, we have to agree.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact currently has the best chance of getting any traction toward the goal. But it’s still a long way off. The NPVIC is a legislative agreement that if signed into law would allow states to give their electoral votes to whoever won the popular vote in that state, no matter what the Electoral College results were.
However, for it be passed, it would need to accumulate the support of however many states to equal the 270 electoral votes needed to be elected as president. Currently only 15 states plus the District of Columbia have agreed to the legislation, giving it a total of 196 electoral votes.
To gain the remaining needed votes, several states that AOC and others have deemed as worthless because of their low populations would have to sign on, and the chances of that are, at this point, highly unlikely. After all, the College is what gives them any sort of worth when it comes to voting at the moment. To get rid of it would be signing their own death wish.
In addition, even once the NPVIC had enough support from states, it would need 38 of the 50 states to ratify it as an amendment to the Constitution.
Oh and don’t forget about the two-thirds vote it would need in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
So yes, at this point, we can say this is definitely more of a dream than any sort of reality to be seen in the near future.
But that doesn’t mean liberals like AOC will stop trying. As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said, “the weirdest thing about the Electoral College is the fact that if it wasn’t specifically in the Constitution for the presidency, it would unconstitutional.”
Thankfully, it is in the Constitution. And according to what it will take to change that, it always will be.