Electoral College is a hot topic again: Calling James MadisonBreaking News
tags: Founding Fathers, Electoral College, James Madison, 2020 Election
Electoral College reform is suddenly all the rage. Elizabeth Warren endorsed abolishing the Electoral College in her CNN town hall. Beto O'Rourke and Kamala Harris soon joined the chorus. In response, President Donald Trump slammed the idea on Twitter -- but back in 2012, he'd described the Electoral College as a "disaster for our democracy."
So, is this simply a case of Democrats trying to change the rules after winning the popular vote but losing the presidency twice in two decades?
Is it an insult to the Founding Fathers' original intent?
Or could it actually happen?
First of all, it turns out that this isn't a new idea at all.
In fact, the Electoral College has been "targeted for reform or abolition some 700 times" over the course of our republic-- more than any other part of the Constitution -- wrote Jesse Wegman, a member of the New York Times editorial board. He is writing a book on the subject.
The Electoral College was the subject of intense debate among the Founding Fathers. They fought about it for months and didn't settle on a plan until the very last days.
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