Electoral College liberal debacle: “Hamilton Electors” go Aaron Burr on Hillary Clinton
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
Hamiltonians in Pennsylvania hoping to sway electors to Clinton
Actually, the election was supposed to be over a month and a half ago, on Nov. 8. But supporters of losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wouldn’t let go, and decided to turn the formality of the Electoral College’s ratification of the results into a second go-round. Hence, the “Hamilton Elector” campaign. The idea was that Alexander Hamilton had written in Federalist No. 68 that the College was supposed to be a body “of men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation.”
Perusing the Federalist Papers was undoubtedly a first-time experience for the diehard liberals in the Clinton camp. Usually it’s conservatives who champion the limited-government principles enunciated by Hamilton and his proto-Republican Party confreres John Madison and John Jay in those august pamphlets. But the austere Hamilton has been repackaged as an immigrant rap artist, so he’s now a formidable liberal icon. His supporters also now delicately glide over that sexist word “men” in Hamilton’s Federalist 68 as they’ve used his words to insinuate that the Electoral College’s job is to veto their states’ popular votes.
So indeed a record number of electors went Full Hamilton and either voted or tried to vote against their states’ presidential choice. The only problem–oops!–is that all but two of them used their newfound claim of veto power to vote against Hillary Clinton–not exactly what the Hamilton Elector people had in mind.
Read the whole thing here.
Posted by Charlotte Allen