Obama’s former campaign manager Jim Messina appeared on MSNBC this week and responded to calls from Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats who want to abolish the Electoral College. Messina cited the fact that doing so would cause candidates to campaign only in heavily populated areas.
He also noted that making such a huge change would take a very long time, saying “It’s not going to happen.”
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Former Obama Campaign Manager: Warren’s Proposal to Abolish Electoral College ‘Not Going to Happen’
Jim Messina, who served as Barack Obama’s campaign manager during the 2012 presidential election, acknowledged on Tuesday that the elimination of the Electoral College is “not going to happen.”
Messina appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, where he participated in a panel conversation about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) call to abolish the Electoral College Monday night during a CNN town hall.
Guest host Kasie Hunt asked whether Warren’s proposal was realistic, prompting Washington Post reporter Robert Costa to say it would “take a very long process” to change the Electoral College. There are states that still want to protect the system to make sure they have a voice in the national electoral process, Costa said…
Later in the segment, Hunt asked Messina to respond to Sykes about Warren’s proposal.
“Let me just answer the Electoral College question. I also think, just from a campaign manager standpoint when I ran President Obama’s campaign, we would never go to a small state if there was no Electoral College,” Messina said. “You’d go to the major media markets, you would not go to Iowa, you wouldn’t go to Montana, you wouldn’t go to New Hampshire.”
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Ending the Electoral College is not nearly as simple as Democrats are trying to make it sound.
CBS News explains:
What would it take to eliminate the Electoral College?
The Electoral College was established in Article II of the Constitution, and could be repealed by constitutional amendment. But that’s a difficult road. Amendments require a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states, or 38 of the current 50.
There have been a few attempts in the past to eliminate the Electoral College with a constitutional amendment. Rep. Emanuel Celler and the late Sen. Birch Bayh introduced a bill to replace the Electoral College with a plurality system in 1969, in which a candidate would win the election if he or she received at least 40 percent of the popular vote. The proposal passed the House but died in the Senate in 1970.
More recently, Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee proposed a joint resolution to “abolish the Electoral College and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States” in the current Congress.
Just know this, if Hillary had won, we would not even be having this conversation.