Well, friends, the “electors” are meeting tomorrow. What did Alexander Hamilton have to say about the electoral college – which has been so bad, so archaic? This maybe the first time it could prove useful. This is Federalist Paper 68 from 1788.
Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?
Prophetic words. So should Donald Trump be denied an electoral college victory? He is not disqualified from becoming president. It simply remands the matter to the House of Representatives. They certainly have both classified information and can discover the facts, something the electors do not have. The important thing is that this go forward. The electors should do their jobs. They’ve been writing for advice. They are a deliberative body, not a rubber stamp. (Read More)