Paul Begala: ‘The Electoral College Is a Vestige,’ It Doesn’t Work

‘So it’s a radical notion that the people of the United States should pick the president of the United States’

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BEGALA: "I think Democrats will love this, and here's why. Democrats have won the vote of the people in six of the last seven presidential elections. In all of American history, no party has had that kind of run at dominance. Never. Not even the Republicans after the Civil War. They went 6 out of 7 presidential elections in the popular vote, but they've only taken office in four of those seven. So it’s a radical notion that the people of the United States should pick the president of the United States. The Electoral College is a vestige. The Founders, if you read the Federalist Papers, they were terribly worried about a charismatic populist backed and influenced by foreign power somehow taking office, even though he is a demagogue, and the Electoral College could be a check against that. Democrats think, 'Well, if it was ever going to work, it would have worked against Donald Trump who lost the popular vote and who many Democrats believe is a demagogue backed by foreign powers.' And it didn’t work nor should it. I think and many Democrats think that it should be a popular vote. I think Elizabeth Warren is on to something."

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