Obama’s Attorney General, Considering 2020 Run, Blasts Electoral College

Obama’s Attorney General, Considering 2020 Run, Blasts Electoral College

One good way to tell if someone is considering a presidential run is to listen to their talking points. Eric Holder, former attorney general under President Obama, appears to be making statements indicating he is likely to step into the race soon. He told Stephen Colbert last July that he would decide whether or not to run for president in early 2019.

So, right on schedule, Holder took to Twitter Monday and Tuesday to express his discontent with the Electoral College. Linking an article discussing Colorado’s attempt to get rid of the constitutional requirement, Holder wrote, “A good reform measure to support. Change the Electoral College by having a state’s electoral votes go to the national popular vote winner — not the person who won the state. The candidate who gets the most votes — nationally — is elected. Real democracy.”

The next day Holder tweeted, “Time to make Electoral College a vestige of the past. It’s undemocratic, forces candidates to ignore majority of the voters and campaign in a small number of states. The presidency is our one national office and should be decided — directly — by the voters.”

Eric Holder

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Time to make Electoral College a vestige of the past. It’s undemocratic, forces candidates to ignore majority of the voters and campaign in a small number of states. The presidency is our one national office and should be decided – directly – by the voters https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/2019/02/26/popular-vote-could-decide-presidential-election-if-these-states-get-their-way/ 

The popular vote could decide the 2020 presidential election, if these states get their way

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) is expected to sign a bill aimed at bypassing the electoral college, making the state the latest to join a compact adopted by 11 others and the District of Columbia.

washingtonpost.com

Every politician knows the Electoral College isn’t going anywhere. It’s a constitutional mandate; the only way to remove it is to pass a constitutional amendment, something that would require 38 states to approve. And there is no way small states with lower populations would agree to lose influence in electing the president.

So why would Holder — or any politician, for that matter — make such comments? Clearly it is a tactic to show off his progressivism, to tell the public that he is with the Democratic Party. After all, the Electoral College has been on the Democrats’ mind since the 2000 election, where they won the popular vote and lost the election, as well as the 2016 election, where the same phenomenon occurred.

Holder is expected to make a decision on whether he will run for president this month. By the looks of these comments, he will probably step in the race. Keep an eye out for more talking points coming from his Twitter account.

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