The Electoral College: Preserving our Republic

In the past twenty years, two presidents, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, have won the presidency with much controversy. Bush’s triumph over Al Gore had to be decided in the Supreme Court, where the justices decided that Bush did in fact win. Their decision was based on the deadline that a state had to determine it’s electors six days before the electoral college met. The decision did not sit well with many Americans, even after Gore conceded. Then, in 2016, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton with 304 to 227…

The Electoral College: Extinction or Evolution?

The biggest news of the 2020 electoral season (so far) is the ever-growing pool of Democratic candidates whose progressive policies are ever more in the mainstream.  Recently, the senator from my lovely home state of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, made a bold statement about abolishing the Electoral College.  Other candidates have also said they were open to the idea.  But what would abolishing the Electoral College actually mean for our country?   The idea is not new.  In 2000, Republican George W. Bush beat out Democrat Al Gore for the presidency…

The Electoral College after 2016

A divided nation produced an astonishingly divided result in the presidential election on Nov. 8. While Donald Trump, the billionaire business magnate, captured enough Electoral College votes to secure the presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earned more popular votes. Currently, she stands over two million votes ahead of the president-elect. This occurrence illustrates a divide between urban and rural America, which received little focus leading up to the general election. The Electoral College, as defined by the National Archives, was established by the founding fathers “as a compromise…

The Polls Aren’t Working Against Donald Trump

As this election cycle enters its waning moments, there’s been a lot of talk from Donald Trump about a “silent majority” of voters who secretly support him but are too afraid to say it in public or over the phone to pollsters. The term comes from one of Nixon’s 1969 speeches, and it’s been used unsparingly ever since by candidates seeking to shed light on a section of the electorate that they feel isn’t being fully illustrated by polling data. Recently, Trump has latched onto the idea, arguing that many…

Trump’s Path to 270

Over the past week, the presidential race has tightened prodigiously between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to a virtual standstill. Particularly newsworthy events over the last seven days that have contributed to the narrowing of the polls include a favorable jobs report, news about an expected hike in Obamacare premiums for the upcoming year, and perhaps most impactful, the FBI’s announcement to reopen the Clinton email investigation after finding new evidence in an unrelated probe on Anthony Weiner (on Sunday, the FBI disclosed that it would ultimately not bring charges…