Faithless Elector Update – STM

From TBlake (as a comment on the Final Veil Is Falling post) who has been watching the faithless elector situation unfold; two separate mainstream sources:

And Another for the fire:

Two Democratic members of the Electoral College have launched a campaign to keep President-elect Donald Trump from entering the White House, according to a new report.

Washington’s Bret Chiafolo and Colorado’s Michael Baca hope at least 37 of their GOP colleagues will abandon Trump and force the House into picking the next president instead.
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15 Responses to Faithless Elector Update – STM

  1. RustyGunner says:

    The Faithless Elector scenario is possible but really, really unlikely. Electors get that job by being stalwart party loyalists, and their party would not look kindly on them for breaking ranks. There’s also the very real fear that if they attempt a mass defection and just fail — say, they take Trump down to just 270 — that their President will know their names and have a grudge. If you shoot at the king, best not miss.

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    • crazyeighter says:

      Not to mention the citizens of their home state know or can find out their address. Like I’ve said elsewhere, crossing over and voting for the other party’s candidate is begging to come back to a smoking hole where your house used to be.

    • crazyeighter says:

      They’d better also pay for hidey-holes in some distant land, those electors would be marked for death, and they know it.

      After the deed was done those encouraging the defection would leave the defector twisting slowly in the wind.

  2. ontoiran says:

    not. gonna. happen.

  3. Padawan says:

    You know what they say about poking a sleeping bear.

  4. Elmo says:

    So, let’s leave the decision to the House of Representatives and the Establishment Republicans, whom sixty million voters have just effectively given the middle finger to. How do you suppose that will work out?

    • RustyGunner says:

      The 12th Amendment says that if nobody gets a majority, the House elects the President and the Senate elects the Vice President. They are restricted in who they can choose. They can pick from at most the top three electoral vote-getters.

      Since I don’t believe Gary Johnson is getting any electoral votes, that leaves the Republican-majority House to choose between Hildebeest and Trump. Let me think, who would they pick?

      Alternatively, they can stall until March 4, at which point the Vice President takes the office, and that will be Mike Pence. Same ticket, same people voted for him, same expectations.

      What those screwloose electors want is for the Trump electors to switch to Hillary in enough numbers to give her 270, and they’ll cover any fines imposed. They’d better also pay for hidey-holes in some distant land, those electors would be marked for death, and they know it.

      • JSW says:

        But… but… but… (he whined)

        The Cunton surrendered, admitted defeat and therby effectively dropped out of the race, admitted she didn’t want the position just by default. So inquiring minds want to know: Since Trump(eter) is the last man standing, how can the EC vote for the drop-out?

  5. Boots says:

    Never say “It won’t happen”.

    Truth is, something MIGHT not happen, but in war anything CAN happen.

    It’s what might and can happen that you’ve gotta be prepared for.

  6. Sedition says:

    Tip it off, fuckwaons. What will happen next will make the Trump protests look like a pool party for children.

  7. D S Craft says:

    I’m not gonna waste time worrying about this because it’s not.gonna.happen. Each party picks it’s own slate of electors in each state to represent that party should its candidate win. They are people who in some way are affiliated with the party and have some level of loyalty to it. The Democrats have their electors and the Republicans have theirs. Does anybody really think the Dems are going to find 37 electors nationwide who are going to betray their prior commitment to their party? Remember these are not sets of neutral electors; these are people who have already demonstrated loyalty to one party or the other and are selected by that party to vote on their behalf. The idea that the Dems are going to convice that many people to betray that trust is just absurd. Ain’t gonna happen. Not that the Dems won’t try – I’m sure they’re out there beating the bushes as we speak but it won’t work.

Play nice.