Trump and Republicans have hijacked America
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You don’t hear it mentioned often, but there was a time recently when Republicans were ready to throw out the Electoral College. In 2000, when it seemed Democrat Al Gore might win enough electors to secure the presidency while losing the popular vote, Republican George W. Bush’s campaign leaked its intention to dispute the election.

In reality, the reverse happened.

You don’t hear it mentioned often, but there was a time recently when Republicans were ready to throw out the Electoral College. In 2000, when it seemed Democrat Al Gore might win enough electors to secure the presidency while losing the popular vote, Republican George W. Bush’s campaign leaked its intention to dispute the election.

In reality, the reverse happened.

But you have to give the Republican Party credit: They don’t let a little thing like losing the popular vote in seven out of the past eight presidential elections since 1992 get in the way of their lust for power. And it’s likely they won’t let a little thing like Joe Biden getting millions more votes, and likely more electoral votes than President Donald Trump, stand in their way of asking a Supreme Court they’ve packed with conservatives to deliver them the presidency, the way it did in 2000.

There’s a tendency to emphasize that Trump is a unique threat to American democracy, which he is. But this ignores that his rise was made possible by a conservative movement that saw the country slipping through its fingers and decided to fight a war for minority rule. And it worked, beautifully. America is a center left nation with a serious “conservatives have hacked democracy” problem.



The center left case is easily to make. Just look at Florida. Trump appears to have won his “home” state by about 3 percentage points. Meanwhile, Amendment 2, which will raise the minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour, won by over 20 percentage points. An idea ushered into the mainstream by labor unions and democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is more popular in the Sunshine State than sunscreen.

You know what else was extremely popular in Florida? Re-enfranchising felons not convicted of murder or a sexual offense. In 2018, an amendment that restored the voting rights of citizens who ...


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