With their recount fantasy now put to rest, Democrats are reduced to scheming to upset the will of the voters in the Electoral College. The College meets, in the various states, a week from today. Byron York reports:
Trump won 306 electoral votes. There are 306 electors, actual people, who are expected to vote for him next Monday in Electoral College meetings in state capitals across the country. Trump’s total is 36 more than the 270 required to become president. With that in mind, a group of Trump resisters is hoping to convince 37 Trump electors to vote for someone else on Monday, taking Trump just below the magic 270 mark. …
The hope is to create one of two scenarios. If rogue electors vote for candidates other than Hillary Clinton, who won 232 electoral votes on Election Day, then no candidate would have 270 and the election would be thrown to the House of Representatives. [Ed.: Where Trump would win.] If the 37, plus one more, voted for Clinton, she would reach 270 and become president.
If this sounds crazy to you, you are right.
Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig has formed something called “The Electors Trust” to offer free legal advice to Republican electors thinking about abandoning Trump.
Heh. That’s what’s wrong with us conservatives, we don’t get enough advice from Harvard Law professors.
Is the Democrats’ scheme plausible? No.
The problem with all this is that there has never been a large-scale defection of so-called “faithless electors” in all of American history, and there’s no reason to believe one would happen now.
The largest defection occurred in 1808, when six electors abandoned James Madison on his way to the presidency. Other than that, defections have been one elector here and one elector there.
And, in fact, there is precisely one elector, Chris Suprun of Texas, who says he won’t vote for Trump despite Trump’s having won his state in a landslide.
The sort of deluded thinking on display here is typical of what we have seen from the Democrats since November 8. What is most striking is that Democrats see Trump’s election as some kind of fluke, an anomaly, a weird disturbance in the universe. In fact, it is just one more manifestation of their party’s long-term decline. A party that refuses to acknowledge reality, let alone deal with it, doesn’t have a bright future.