We've been keeping a close eye on state Republican officials hoping to rig electoral-vote distribution so that only GOP candidates are able to be elected president.
The GOP is openly trying to subvert democracy by giving a Republican presidential candidate electoral votes even though the Democratic presidential candidate wins more votes.
Jamelle Bouie highlighted a detail that would be hilarious were it not so offensive: the bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Charles W. "Bill" Carrico, "says the change is necessary because Virginia's urbanized areas can outvote rural regions, weakening their political strength." Got that? Virginia Republicans feel the need to rig democracy in their favor because they think it's unfair that there are more Democratic voters -- so the GOP needs to level the playing field.
Eric Kleefeld added last night, "The openly stated goal of GOP electoral bills is to win while getting fewer votes. Think about that."
That's good advice -- I desperately hope the political world takes the time to really think about that. I know it's not as gripping as whether a pop star sang the National Anthem on Sunday or Monday, or the latest Benghazi conspiracy theory, but we're quickly approaching a crisis the establishment is not yet prepared to acknowledge.
Republican policymakers are looking ahead, concluding that they're likely to lose future elections, and moving forward on plans to ensure they get power even when the American people don't vote for them. That may sound insane, but that's the plan on the table.>>
As Rachel points out, that this is happening in Virginia, a state that historically has gone for the Republican presidential candidate, can only mean that the GOP believes it will lose the popular vote statewide for the forseeable future. Rather than try to win over more voters with more appealing policies, Republican leaders in Virginia have decided just to cheat. Astonishing!