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Steve Cohen would weaken votes for president and vice-president in his own district
by abolishing the Electoral College. Why is he the only congressional representative
from a "fly-over" state supporting this?
(10.31.18 BenQQ) Maybe its one of the least discussed issues in the 9th Congressional District between Dem. incumbent Steve Cohen and Rep. challenger Charlotte Bergman. And its an issue if every voter in the district understood its intention, a lot fewer votes would no doubt come his way.
Its a head scratcher that has more good questions than anwers, all of them beginning with in the name of God, why would he want to do that to Tennesseans? Why would Cohen want to eliminate the Electoral College that would give electoral dominance to the populated coastal states? Why would he reduce the voting power even of his own constituents, let alone of everyone in his district as well as state? Why is the way we elect the highest Executive Branch officers even an issue?
Now, the movement to "reform the constitution" has always been around but this last election really got them foaming when they claimed Trump got fewer votes than Clinton. (The Republicans contested that.)
It usually arises after one side thinks more people voted for their candidate, but didn't win enough electoral votes. The writers of the constitution saw this coming. They debated it and came up with an election system of one vote each for its senators and members of House of Representatives. In Tennessee that adds up to 11 (2 senators, 9 house members). Most states have a "winner take all" that awards all the Electoral College votes to the winning presidential candidate, except for Maine and Nebraska who have a kind of "proportional" allotment. Yeah, the wise old founding fathers saw the issue of "dictatorship of the electorate" coming a mile away and devised this system. Without it, the larger population areas always would choose the president by swamping the other states with raw votes.
However, Rep. Cohen wants every vote to count.
Cohen is a co-sponsor (list) of H.J.Res.65-Every Vote Counts Amendment. That resolution would amend the U.S. Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College, which since its beginning has kept the large states from dominating the small states in voting for the President and Vice-President. The amendment is tagged "Every Vote Counts," a deceptively enough do-good sounding piece of legislative trollope designed to feel like we are breaking away from the dumb old days of 1776, when as Cohen himself puts it, "they didn't have the internet."
Apparently, much of his constituency doesn't have it either. With just a little research, they would see it is not in their interest to vote for someone who would diminish their electoral influence in the presidential ballot box.
The internet has nothing to do with it. Nor does TV, the telephone, newspapers, Snapchat or any other means of communication. What is he talking about? Again, why would he put himself into a position to weaken the presidential voting power of his own contitutents as well as everyone in his district?
I think its because the Democrats see the brewing "Reform the Constitution" movement as a political windfall of votes from the two coasts. There, where it is over-populated with Dem voters plus untold numbers streaming in illegally with little or no accounting, provides a never ending source of votes. Only then does the answer to the question "Why?" begin to make sense.
Pellosi and other party bosses told him to. They looked around and saw Cohen had a highly loyal Dem urban voting constituency (considering Memphis blacks have the second highest unemployment rate other than Detroit). "Every Vote Counts" would look good with the touted democratic value of fair voting, however incorrect that is in history.
That explains it. Cohen is a party man. He'll take orders from the higherups, despite the erosive consequences to Tennessee voters.