Matt Carberry (kingpin248) wrote,
Matt Carberry

The question I would have asked

Okay, there are actually a few. For Candy Crowley: why did she do something that confirmed the belief that the mainstream media is in the tank for President Obama? And for the President: if Secretary Clinton really does accept responsibility for what happened in Benghazi, then why does she still have a job? Why hasn't she submitted her resignation, nor have you asked for it? (Come to think of it, Clinton isn't the only Cabinet secretary that question applies to.)

But Libya was actually covered last night. Another topic, though not nearly as relevant to the election, went without attention. Had I been in the debate hall last night, I would have memorized and asked this:
Mr. President, Governor Romney, tonight is likely the only campaign-related appearance either of you will make here on Long Island, or anywhere in our state. The nature of the Electoral College skews the allocation of your campaigns' resources to a few states that are nearly evenly divided. Though the President plays no formal role in the Article V amendment process, if elected, would you lend the weight of your office to some kind of Electoral College reform - perhaps a national popular vote, nationwide application of the Maine-Nebraska Method, or something else?
The Maine-Nebraska, or Congressional District method, was originally my first choice for a revised Presidential election method. Having looked at that Wikipedia article, proportionality by state might be a better way to go (while maintaining the present distribution of electors to each state). That would seem to eliminate the drawbacks of the winner-take-all method, while at the same time prevent state politicians from meddling in the system though gerrymandering and give third parties a credible shot, which the current system does not. Most importantly, it could give candidates some incentive to stump in states generally considered "safe" for the opposing party - and at the same time, provide the people of Ohio, Virginia, and Florida some much-needed relief from election fatigue.
Tags: hofstra, politics

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