Sore losers with old (Elec­toral) Col­lege try

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Mercedes Sch­lapp

It looks like Hil­lary’s campaign is not over yet. Some Democrats are fight­ing on to — and be­yond — the very last minute. Lib­eral vot­ers in the Elec­toral Col­lege, led by House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daugh­ter Chris­tine Pelosi, are de­mand­ing in­tel­li­gence brief­ings on Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 campaign be­fore they cast their votes next week. For­mer Clin­ton campaign chair­man John Podesta is sup­port­ing these de­fi­ant elec­tors, ar­gu­ing they need a full un­der­stand­ing of the “ties be­tween Don­ald Trump, his campaign or as­so­ciates, and Rus­sian gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence in the elec­tion.”

Now even lib­eral Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties like Martin Sheen and Noah Wyle are mak­ing a fi­nal plea to Repub­li­can elec­tors to with­hold their votes from Mr. Trump. The des­per­ate rear­guard ac­tions are an em­bar­rass­ing at­tempt by the left to un­der­mine our democ­racy and dis­rupt the peace­ful tran­si­tion of power.

This group of 10 so-called “Hamil­ton elec­tors” is caus­ing un­nec­es­sary stress in the Elec­toral Col­lege and in the coun­try at large. In­vok­ing the spirit of the fed­er­al­ist Alexan­der Hamil­ton, these elec­tors say they should be able to vote their con­science “for the good of Amer­ica.” They be­lieve it’s their moral obli­ga­tion to stop Mr. Trump be­cause they can’t fathom that he will be­come our next pres­i­dent.

They ar­gue that he is not qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent and be­lieve that Mr. Hamil­ton and his fel­low Found­ing Fa­thers cre­ated the Elec­toral Col­lege to be “a de­lib­er­a­tive body that plays a crit­i­cal role in our sys­tem of gov­ern­ment — en­sur­ing that the Amer­i­can peo­ple elect a pres­i­dent who is con­sti­tu­tion­ally qual­i­fied and fit to serve,” as they wrote in an open let­ter to Di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence James Clap­per. And they be­lieve the Rus­sians helped to steal the elec­tion from Hil­lary Clin­ton.

It’s a bit­ter re­al­ity that these Democrats — and one rogue Repub­li­can — are so deter­mined to block Mr. Trump that they will use any ex­cuse to deny him the pres­i­dency. The vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans dis­agree with their dis­rup­tive ac­tions — and the dan­ger­ous prece­dent they would set.

Democrats ar­gue that Mrs. Clin­ton won the pop­u­lar vote, and there­fore the elec­tors should not be bound by their state’s re­sults. The ef­forts by the Hamil­ton elec­tors will most likely fail be­cause Colorado and 28 other states re­quire mem­bers of the Elec­toral Col­lege to vote for the can­di­date who won the pop­u­lar vote in their state.

But what’s alarm­ing is the de­ter­mi­na­tion by these elec­tors to un­der­mine the process, de­spite the fact that Mrs. Clin­ton con­ceded to Mr. Trump on elec­tion night. Other elec­tors re­port they are be­ing ha­rassed through emails, phone calls and even death threats to drop their sup­port for Mr. Trump. What is usu­ally a cer­e­mo­nial role of the elec­tors has now be­come a po­lit­i­cal hot potato thanks to the machi­na­tions of a small num­ber of elec­tors deter­mined to blow up the Amer­i­can sys­tem for choos­ing a pres­i­dent.

Democrats and their Hol­ly­wood en­ablers are badly out of touch with mil­lions of vot­ers and still fail to un­der­stand the Trump phe­nom­e­non. They scratch their heads in dis­may and ask how any­one could have voted for Mr. Trump.

But it was their own can­di­date who failed at many lev­els, not due to Rus­sian hack­ing but be­cause of a weak po­lit­i­cal strat­egy and a mis­di­rected mes­sage that did not work in the bat­tle­ground states. While the Trump campaign fo­cused on the Rust Belt states and reach­ing out to the work­ing class with a strong eco­nomic re­vival mes­sage, Mrs. Clin­ton’s campaign pri­mar­ily re­lied on at­tacks on Mr. Trump’s tem­per­a­ment and on a di­vi­sive iden­tity pol­i­tics that worked well in ma­jor coastal ci­ties but not in Amer­ica’s heart­land.

Demo­cratic elitism is on full dis­play with the mis­guided mis­sion of the Hamil­ton elec­tors. While the na­tion may in­deed re­main divided, most Amer­i­cans are ready to move on and give Mr. Trump a fair chance to lead. The Democrats and the dis­grun­tled elec­tors should do the same.

Mercedes Sch­lapp is a Fox News con­trib­u­tor, co-founder of Cove Strate­gies and for­mer White House di­rec­tor of spe­cialty me­dia un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

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