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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teabagger Prince Trying to Elect Mitt Romney on an Electoral College Loophole

Posted by on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Politicus USA says that Big-Time Teabagger Judson Phillips has a plan to get Mitt Romney elected president of the United States of America, regardless of the stupid "will" of the stupid "people."

According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If enough states refuse to participate, the Electoral College will not have a quorum. If the Electoral College does not have a quorum or otherwise cannot vote or decide, then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress.

The House of Representatives selects the president and the Senate selects the vice president.

Since the Republicans hold a majority in the House, presumably they would vote for Mitt Romney, and the Democrats in the Senate would vote for Joe Biden for vice president.

Can this work?

Sure it can.

Actually, it can't. But, you know, whatever. Now Teabaggers around the country are trying to follow through on Phillips' (unworkable) plan. Because Teabaggers, who remind us very frequently that they care so very much about the Constitution, are trying to use the Constitution to overthrow the results of an election. Let's repeat: 47% of Americans voted for Mitt Romney. That's the will of the people. What they're talking about, in their adorable little outraged language, is basically a coup.

 

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MarkyMark 24
An interesting test to see if Romney has a shred of integrity left somewhere; presumably he will ignore or repudiate this.
Posted by MarkyMark on November 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM · Report this
McBomber 23
"Teabagger Prince" would be a fantastic Halloween costume. With a raspberry militia beret.
Posted by McBomber on November 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM · Report this
venomlash 22
@21: Thanks for yelling at Teabaggers on Facebook. I was worried that you weren't doing enough activism, but you have assuaged my fears.
Posted by venomlash on November 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM · Report this
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I have been pounding on Tea Bagger groups in Facebook, asking them to move out of the GOP's basement and get a real job and run some candidates of their own instead of mooching.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM · Report this
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@16: That would be the most delicious thing ever, served cold.

It reminds me of - was it Michele Bachmann? I feel like it was Michele Bachmann - telling her constituents not to return their census forms because the census is government tyranny, only to realize that Congressional representation is apportioned based on census results and if no one in her district returned a census form, she wouldn't have a district any more. Ooops!
Posted by MLM on November 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM · Report this
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Thanks to redistricting, GOPers won almost 54% of sits in the house when their congressional candidates only received 45% of the vote but to add insult to injury they'd also like to use this stolen house majority to sit their presidential candidate who lost the popular vote. Chutzpah would come to mind if it weren't just too mild to describe the amorality of these shameless end justifies the mean enemies of democracy.

@9, Romney got the vote of ~27% of the eligible voter population (220m).
Posted by anon1256 on November 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM · Report this
venomlash 18
@17: I read it and it looks like you're right. Serebii confirmed.
Posted by venomlash on November 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM · Report this
Josh Bis 17
I might be wrong, but I don't even think that this stupid scheme is based on a correct reading of the Twelfth Amendment. The quorum bit seems only to apply to the case when the House is electing the president due to a lack of majority in the electoral college (in which case, each state counts as one "vote" and 2/3 need to be present).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Ame…
Posted by Josh Bis http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Author.html?oid=3815563 on November 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM · Report this
Fnarf 16
It would be funny if they did this, stayed away, and Obama got his 332, and it turned out there was some loophole that prevented states that don't cast electoral votes from having their representatives seated in Congress.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Dougsf 15
As long as he spends all of his time and money on it, I see this as a worthwhile pursuit for Mr. Hudson.
Posted by Dougsf on November 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM · Report this
treacle 14
Just in case anyone needs reportage evidence of this 47% vote-getting of Rmoney, there you go.
Posted by treacle on November 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
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Er, "call it."
Posted by Proteus on November 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM · Report this
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To be more accurate, let's called it a "pipe dream."
Posted by Proteus on November 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM · Report this
v-man 11
@4
They gave up on it because they misread the constitution.
Posted by v-man on November 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
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Wow, that'd result in one unholy civil war, big time. But, if it means open season on Teabaggish "patriots," count me in!

No, wait.... Darn. I almost forgot, I'm into that whole nonviolence thing. Oh, well.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on November 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
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"Let's repeat: 47% of Americans voted for Mitt Romney"

Actually, I believe it's less than 20% of Americans who voted for Mitt Romney; he received something like 47% of votes cast.
Posted by Diamond Pedant on November 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
What @5 said.

Wish they'd self-deport.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM · Report this
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well, a legal coup. . .
Posted by dontcaresothere on November 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM · Report this
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@4: I thought royally pissing everybody off was the stated goal of a troll.
Posted by tired and true on November 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM · Report this
TreGibbs 5
Why do 'baggers hate 'Merica so dang much???
Posted by TreGibbs on November 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 4
This idea has been rattling around on the interwebz for weeks now. Last I heads, they'd given up on it, since it would just royally piss everybody off.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on November 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
Wow. So the modern tea party is now fighting for the exact opposite of what the original Boston Tea Party fought for.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM · Report this
Knat 2
I didn't realize that Romney ended up with 47% of the popular vote. That is some amazing, savory irony.
Posted by Knat on November 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
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But we have to overthrow the will of the people! It's for the cause of FREEDOM!
Posted by Clayton on November 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM · Report this

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