The only Billowing Clouds that make news these days are those permeated with Wuhan Coronavirus. But: Let us dial up the Way Back Machine, and set it to a date in the fairly-recent past:
November 15, 2018. Ring a bell?
Probably not. But, on that particular day, the New York and Tri-State environs experienced a not-uncommon event: A mid-autumn snowstorm.
Oh, there was the usual angst and recriminations that big cities often enjoy when Mother Nature shows up: Why wasn’t the City ready for the five inches of snow? Why didn’t the weather gurus know this apocalypse was descending? Why weren’t the panhandlers shuffled off to more commodious lodgings?
Little noticed, of course, was that the ever-so-recent mid-term elections had just occurred two days before…
Which brings us (in a rather long, round-about manner) to the Electoral College:
Let us suppose it’s a typical early November here in Michigan. In other words: Lousy. And, as per usual, the Lake Effect Snow gets a bit rowdy, and decides to dump it’s typical four feet on the benighted residents. Now, as I say, it’s a “typical November”. But, what if it’s an Election Year?
What if, say, only 20% or so of registered voters can actually get to the polls? What if, instead of 2 million voters being able to cast a vote, only 500,000 can..?
THIS is the beauty, the genius of the Electoral College. It would still award the usual 18 electoral votes due from Michigan to the winner of their election. Even if only twelve people made it to the poles in such a scenario, the Electoral College would still award the elector’s votes to the winner when they convened later in the year: Michigan would not be penalized because of the weather, and would still exert it’s power in the national election.
Another scenario: Say The Big One –that oft predicted catastrophic earthquake– finally hits California, and does so a day before Election Day. Suppose the entire state is a smoldering wreck of what it once was. Suppose the schools and city halls and ward offices have all collapsed. But, further suppose: a very few venues are still open for voting. Even though a veritable handful of Californians could vote, their 52 electoral votes would still be counted, the lunatic Democrat would still likely win, and the “popular vote” would be utterly immaterial.
…which then leads us to the Coronavirus.
If there has ever been a better argument FOR the Electoral College, it is now, under the (er) cloud of the world-wide pandemic. The Electoral College is more important now than it has ever been.
If, say, Mayor (Reichsfurher? Chairman? Dear Leader?) Bill de Blasio decides to lay waste to New York through November, and he goes full ChiCom, and starts welding New Yorkers inside their apartments –as seems a possibility, at the rate of this whack-job– and very few citizens of Gotham can actually arrive at the polls: Even those who cannot make it are STILL represented at the Electoral College a month or so later, and their popular representation is fully expressed.
While loathsome, hysterical, reactionary, vile, tyrannical, authoritarian Democrat thugs seek to sluice ever more cancerous forms of pathogenic electoral fraud into the bloodstream of the Body Politic, with their schemes of mail-in ballots, and early-and-often voting hitting the public debate in the wake of the Wuhan Panic, now is the time to make the case for the Electoral College.
Think about it: The tuition has never been cheaper to attend the Electoral College. Let’s make the case.