lonely bird Wrote: ... We must admit that changing the system would mean ignoring low population states and the people in them or at best paying some visits to the population centers in those states. No, I don't buy it. Change the system, yes, but also admit Clinton screwed up.
We already have a system that does that. No candidates visit New York, California, Texas, Illinois, Wyoming, Idaho, or the vast majority of the rest of the country. They just visit the same handful of states every four years while completely ignoring the rest of the country.
Why should someone's vote in Pennsylvania or Ohio be worth more than someone's vote in Idaho or Oregon? If we completely got rid of the electoral college then candidates would be forced to have a 50 state strategy and not a 5 state strategy.
lonely bird Wrote: The coalition you mentioned interestingly did not include a great deal of white women which I find astounding. And it naturally would focus on the geographies that democrats appear to capture almost no matter the election namely urban population centers which also contain much of said coalition by the nature of the tribalism present in the country.
She still won 47 percent of white women and 54 percent of women overall. That only shows that women don't vote in a monolith in the same way men don't vote in a monolith.
lonely bird Wrote: She lost because she ran a bad campaign, ignored a segment of voters she shouldn't have, ran into the inherent civic laziness prevalent in this country and an archaic system which she and her campaign ignored as part of her poor campaign. It wasn't simply the system because the system has been in place for 200+ years and everybody knows what the idiotic ground rules are.
All of that may be true, but she still won three million more votes than Donald. Three million more people vote for her yet she still "lost."
If that happened in any other country our State Department would be throwing a conniption fit and lecturing that country about how democracy is supposed to work. But it's a-ok in our country. I have a difficult time accepting that.