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Monday, November 14, 2016

 
Got democracy?

by digby

Not much.


As we all sit around in our hair shirts trying to figure out how to accomplish a total Democratic Party makeover before our next election, this is rather sobering:




Last week’s election produced the widest gap between the Electoral College and the popular vote in a generation — a result of Hillary Clinton racking up huge margins in populous coastal states such as California and New York while narrowly losing several Midwestern battlegrounds to Donald Trump. Were this pattern to continue, Democrats could be at a significant Electoral College disadvantage.

Clinton, who’s currently leading in the popular vote by 0.6 percentage points and whose advantage should increase — probably to between 1.5 and 2.0 points — as additional ballots are counted, became the fourth candidate to lose the Electoral College while winning the popular vote. She joins Al Gore (2000), Grover Cleveland (1888) and Samuel Tilden (1876).1 But Tilden’s loss to Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876 was, in part, because Colorado — which had newly joined the union and said it didn’t have time to run an election — appointed its electors to Hayes via its state legislature. Thus, Clinton is likely to win the popular vote by the widest margin of any Electoral College loser in an election in which all states voted, surpassing Cleveland’s 0.8-percentage-point margin in 1888.

This is the second time in 16 years that the Democrat has lost the White House while winning the popular vote. This time the margin is truly astonishing.

Those of us in California and New York and the like, people in cities with large populations of people of color --- well, our votes just don't count as much do they?

It's always something.

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