by Josh Kraushaar at the National Journal:
“Make sure to read The New York Times‘s Jim Rutenberg’s excellent overview of Team Obama’s 2012 strategy, which involves a healthy heaping of negative attacks on the Republican nominee sprinkled with helpful reminders about the president’s counterterrorism successes.
But one nugget about the electoral map caught my eye. Rutenberg writes:
Obama’s team acknowledges that it is not likely that the stars will align as well for them in 2012. But, having won in 2008 with 365 electoral votes when 270 are needed, they believe they have 95 to spare next year. That buys a lot of breathing room. Mr. Obama could lose Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Indiana and still win re-election — though that would mean having to win just about every other state he won last time...
Mr. Messina also said the campaign would focus on holding on to the “New South” states of Virginia and North Carolina that Mr. Obama won last time. It has gone all-out with its plan to have the Democratic convention in Charlotte in September.
That’s a roundabout way of saying that Obama’s team is focusing on winning Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, Colorado (and Michigan/Wisconsin in the Democratic-leaning column) as its most logical pathway to 270 electoral votes. It means that, despite the spin they’re focused at winning every state, they feel that their best chance of securing 270 electoral votes is through the upscale, white-collar coalition that propelled Obama to victory in 2008 – one I outlined in my column earlier this month. It explains the administration’s decision to punt on the Keystone XL pipeline, for fear of alienating environmentalists that make up an important constituency in many of these states.
It also means Obama’s pathway to victory is awfully narrow. Under this map, Obama could win with 270 electoral votes, to the Republican’s 268. And it would include carrying North Carolina, the home of the Democratic convention next year, which Obama only won by 14,000 votes in 2008.
The spin shows that while Obama’s team is putting an optimistic face on its prospects, its path to victory is getting narrower.
UPDATE: Also note, from Julie Pace’s AP dispatch, that the White House is emphasizing VP Joe Biden’s campaign role in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Floirda over Obama’s.Those three traditional battleground states were included on the list of states Obama could lose and still win 270 electoral votes”.
Comment: For those of you who might be thinking ill of our American ”Electoral College” system, let me remind you of a few of the more important of the wisdom’s offered by those male, God-fearing, Bible reading Christian white geniuses of the late 18th Century who concocted the personality of our Republic, magnificent and great, but not perfect.
Our Christian Founders did not favor mob rule. Democracy did not mean a dictatorship of majority rule, but majority rule with minority rights, a clause seldom uttered these days since the rise of American Progressivism on its way to establishing its Marxist State. To help allay this threat from democracy gone “Obama”, that is, gone alloofly autocrat, it protected the rule of Constitutional Law by electing the nation’s president by state rather than by direct national vote count.
It was a brilliant move by these “racist, sexist, white old-boys’ club”, as the American black racist groups and the feminist movement hysterics have been describing them now for two generations……
The “racist, sexist, white-old-boys’ club” goal then, unlike today’s saboteurs of the American experiment, the Obama Marxists at university and its school satelites who preach ‘diversity’, atheism, and state authority, was to create a NEW, God-fearing, Liberty oriented, ONE NATION United experiment.
“God willing”, they prayed, the nation will succeed. and therefore be able to proclaim to the entire world a better way of governance to preserve human dignity, encourage intellectual growth, and improve human understanding and therefore secure a world of Peace.
It takes 270 Electoral College votes for an eligible American to win the nation’s presidency. Each state, under the Law of the Land, is guaranteed an elector vote per representative each state sends to Congress, plus three allowed for the District of Columbia. The candidate winning the largest number of votes in each state will secure the ‘electoral’ vote of the slate of the political party to which the winning candidate belongs.
In presidential elections in which there are several candidates winning state majority vote and none reach the 270 magic marker, the electiion is then to be determined by the House of Representatives with one vote per state……each state being given equal value.
Why did our Founders construct this formula? Well, to reduce the influence of corruption to begin with. Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis lead the list of areas where urban political bosses, nearly all of them of the Democrat Partypersuasion, regularly corruptly add to their vote. While both the living and the dead voted often in Chicago to help elect JFK in 1960, the chances of one state corrupting the entire national vote is much reduced
Also much reduced if electing the president was based on national vote count, would be the number of visits candidates would make to all ”57 ” states by Obama count. Our nation’s founders were determined to keep the United States ‘united’. By the article above, all of Obama’s vast fortunes for reelection could be spent in 20 states or less to get better value dollar for dollar of each vote bought…….as seems to be the strategy suggested.
This new country was meant to be a nation of States. The power of goverrnance was NOT to be concentrated in the hands of a few. Liberty, Trust in God, and E Pluribus Unum were to be the pillars upon which the peoples’ government was to be based.
Of course in the eyes and ears of many in Obamaville and its universities, only the urban racists and college ‘educated’ should be allowed to vote in the 2012 presidential election.
The Electoral College system broadens the election of president from coast to coast……and then some when one remembers both Alaska and Hawaii.