Passive-aggressive is not a good look, and it always has an answer for everything under the sun.
There has been an impressive amount of grassroots fervor that has resulted from the National Popular Vote push by Republican legislators in Lansing.
As I am sure you are aware, the National Popular Vote scheme would destroy the electoral college and game our system so that voters in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and other liberal-dominated population centers would control the entire nation forevermore. It would have meant Hillary Clinton winning the Presidency in 2016, and all the power of Michigan voters would effectively be nullified.
After it was revealed that Republicans were wined and dined with a trip to Hawaii and other lavish trips paid for by lobbyists, outrage erupted immediately. Legislators were inundated with calls and emails from angry constituents, and we were given assurances that the legislation in the state House and Senate to enact NPV was dead. House Speaker Tom Leonard admitted as much.
“I support the electoral college and the Constitution as our framers intended,” Leonard said to journalist Brandon Hall. “I have no interest in taking this bill up during the rest of my tenure as Speaker.”
NPV efforts in Michigan will not bear fruit this year, but ..
Yesterday, some good people gathered in Lansing to let legislators know that NPV was maybe not such a good idea.
They were apparently well received. And though there were no absolutes on future efforts, it was made clear that nothing will happen this year to give the progressive left it’s holy grail, a full blown democracy, when electing the president. Norm Hughes who in large part organized the day long effort writes afterward:
Thank you to all the Patriots that went to Lansing today to talk with legislators. Several dozen were involved and they were truly great. We got firm commitments in both houses that National Popular Vote (NPV) will not be voted on this year. We also picked up at least 12 more NO votes on Convention Of States, meaning we have the votes to defeat it if they bring it up in the lame duck session.
This NPV snafu came at a terrible time, taking volunteers from campaigns to Lansing to educate the very candidates who want their help. I can tell you some top officials think it was one cluster ***. Those who took the Hawaii junket might have fulfilled their obligation to push it but it backfired, How are they going to explain that to their benefactors?
A “terrible time” indeed.
I can tell you that there are certain legislators who signed on that will still feel the pain. When looking for the door knockers, local offices have found that certain representative candidates are not inspiring a ground swell of optimism. They may well win their respective contests, but rightfully, they will have to work harder to do so.
Mr Hughes mentioned in a separate post on Facebook that some of the legislators responded positively to the Proportional Electors idea. This is something which the electoral college was designed to accommodate. There are two states, Maine, and Nebraska, which do not follow the winner take all formula.
Wayne Schmidt more likely to withdraw sponsorship of SB1117?
State Senator Wayne Schmidt may not withdraw his sponsorship of SB1117, a bill that if ultimately effected, would have made it possible for Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election. He may not change his mind after looking at the reality of what is being peddled to GOP lawmakers just in time to create dissension within the party.
But Wayne Schmidt does have folks in Grand Traverse County wondering what he was thinking. He has fellow party members raising eyebrows, and asking “why on earth ..?” And Wayne has a decent sense of political measure, so..
The Grand Traverse County Republican party executive committee today offered up and passed unanimously, a “simple resolution in opposition to the National Popular Vote, with notices to be sent to our representatives.”
This is Wayne’s ‘home team.’ These are the folks who must rally the troops, and the response to this particular NPV effort has seriously damaged the volunteer hours and interest.
It was an easy vote.
We encourage other county parties to follow suit and remind our GOP legislators that NPV is a bad enough idea, but bringing it out when the debate alone will have the worst possible effect on the GOP ground game, is really the true intent of it’s lobbyists.
Where have we heard this before?
Thought provoking analysis on the possibility of an Article 5 convention in our time.
Janine Hansen is the Nevada Chair for Eagle Forum, and is their national constitutional issues chair.
She is a constitutional expert who heads up a task force to address the misguided move toward a constitutional convention. In this video, she speaks on the status of the Article 5 convention effort, and also on the National Popular Vote.
Its a half hour well spent.
More videos from the 2016 MiCPAC coming soon.