LOS ANGELES, November 17, 2016 — When Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Democrats decided to blame the rules rather than their candidate’s lackluster campaign. There is now a movement among Democrats to abolish the Electoral College and rely on the popular vote total to elect the presidents. Many Democrats are still seething over Al Gore’s 2000 loss to George W. Bush. In both cases, Democrats claimed that a popular vote victory should have been enough for a victory.
The popular vote victory is actually a canard. Neither Gore or Clinton won the popular vote. In both cases it was a statistical tie. Had every single vote been counted ten times, Bush, Gore, Clinton and Trump each would have won the popular vote five times.
For a moment let us blindly accept the flawed and disputed liberal notion that Clinton won the popular vote. This would justify the Electoral College even more, not less.
Hillary Clinton won California by about three million votes, more than the differential in the other 49 states combined. Remove California, and Trump wins easily. Now of course California deserves to count, but the Electoral College was specifically set up to prevent large states from getting all of the attention.
Without the Electoral College, candidates would spend all of their time in California, New York, and a handful of other big states. Giant swaths of Americans would be ignored.
The problem rests not with the Electoral College, but with national Democrats. Bill Clinton became president by dragging his party kicking and screaming into normalcy. He was a duck hunter who favored the death penalty and vowed to crack down on crime and require work for welfare. Sadly for him, his work was all undone once he left office. Democrats over the last 25 years have offered New England snobs in Michael Dukakis and John Kerry and insufferably grating bores like Al Gore. The truth hurts, but these men were totally unable to relate to many people in Middle America.
By catering only to coastal elites, Democrats continue to talk about issues that most of America does not care about. A prime example of this is climate change. Rich white liberals in Malibu, San Francisco and Manhattan’s Upper West Side care about climate change. Normal America is utterly indifferent to this silly rich white liberal manufactured issue.
Hillary Clinton spent time on the campaign trail with Hollywood celebrities discussing climate change. Donald Trump spent his time on the campaign trail with Pennsylvania coal miners and Michigan auto workers. Radical environmentalism has crippled their jobs.
The Electoral College forces candidates to listen to poor West Virginia miners. Hillary Clinton just refused to do it. The Democrats have been accused of having utter contempt for ordinary people and their suffering. Bill Clinton felt their pain. Hillary Clinton ignored it. She did not visit Wisconsin once during the general election. She did not visit Michigan until the last week of the campaign. She took those people for granted, and they made her pay.
The individual leading the anti-Electoral College charge is retiring Senator Barbara Boxer, who is from California. This only further plays into the narrative of coastal elitists trying to invalidate the opinions of Normal America.
People who cannot feed their families do not care what Barbara Boxer has to say. They are just glad she is leaving and taking her hostile pro-tree, anti-Middle America attitude with her.
Hillary Clinton became the leader of California, New York, and New England. Donald Trump won virtually everywhere else by staggeringly wide margins.
As much as it kills Democrats to admit it, John Kerry was wrong when he said that the San Francisco celebrities in his presence represented the “heart and soul of America.” Even Barack Obama understood this. He talked to Iowa corn farmers in the general election. They are the real heart and soul of America. Donald Trump was not perfect, but at least he could tell voters in the Rust Belt that he was there to listen. He showed up. His opponent did not.
The solution for Democrats is not to change the Electoral College. They need to change themselves. Bill Clinton understood this. He warned his party, his friends, and even his wife that working class voters were being ignored. They refused to listen from a man who won two presidential elections.
Democrats were arrogant. Their 2016 candidate was arrogant. They hung out with rich celebrities who are arrogant. They were protected by media elitists who are arrogant. They were punished by a system specifically designed to punish such arrogance.
Hillary Clinton’s loss did not discredit the Electoral College. It justified it.