November 13, 2012
Re “ President, by popular vote ,” Editorial, Nov. 12 Your editorial argues for a national popular vote system as a democratic reform. However, this would actually undermine rather than enhance the perceived legitimacy of whoever won a close election. There would always be plausible claims that close races were stolen because fraud or cheating anywhere could swing such an election. Imagine the Bush-Gore controversy in Florida, played out nationwide. A national popular vote is really about expanding the Democratic Party's power, not reform.
December 15, 2012 |
More than five weeks after election day, almost all the presidential votes have been counted. Here's what the near-final tally reveals: The election really wasn't close. On election night, President Obama's victory margin seemed fairly narrow - just slightly more than 2 percentage points. White House aides anxiously waited to see if Obama would surpass the 2.46-percentage-point margin by which President George W. Bush defeated Sen. John F. Kerry in 2004. They needn't have worried.
July 16, 2011
Though it is rare, the occasional American presidential election goes to the loser of the popular vote, an outcome that undermines basic notions of fairness and democracy and is an artifact of the nation's ancient electoral system. Advocates of a popular vote system have persuaded both houses of the California Legislature to adopt a measure that would lend California's support to that idea. Gov. Jerry Brown should sign it. In drafting the U.S. Constitution, the framers created a two-tiered system for electing presidents.
November 30, 2012 |
Just weeks after the election, President Obama has launched a campaign-style drive to gain the upper hand in budget talks with Republicans. How the negotiations play out will provide a much clearer measure of exactly how much clout he gained in winning re-election. Obama's success at the polls was due in no small part to his campaign organization, which is getting well-deserved attention for its sophisticated use of analytics . (The famously data-driven Mitt Romney, on the other hand, may have been misled by faulty internal numbers, as a recent New Republic article illustrated.)
August 22, 2007 |
Democrats on Tuesday proposed putting on a 2008 ballot an initiative aimed at having California join the movement to elect presidents by popular vote. The initiative, if successful, also would head off a Republican effort to get some of California's electoral votes. GOP consultants have proposed a separate initiative to change California's winner-take-all system of awarding its 55 electoral votes.
December 19, 2002
I can't believe that Al Gore has decided not to take on George W. Bush again in 2004 (Dec. 16). If history repeats itself, he definitely has a chance. In 1888, Democrat Grover Cleveland won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote to Republican Benjamin Harrison. Four years later, Cleveland reclaimed the White House after winning the election over Harrison and Populist Party candidate James B. Weaver. If it could happen then, it should have a chance of happening in 2004. If history has no chance of repeating itself, much of the blame lies with members of the media who have labeled Gore a loser, despite the fact that he won the popular vote in 2000.