If Democrats cared about good government, heck if Republicans did either – they would find the low viewership of the six presidential primary debates to date with alarm. What's driving the limited value of these presidential debates? The media.
In the 2016 Election, the Electoral College worked exactly as it was designed. It balanced the interests of the large coastal, consumer-driven cities -- for example Los Angeles and New York -- with the interests of the smaller, producer cities and rural farming and industrial populations The Founding Fathers believed the job of electing a President was too important to be left to the people. Both under the original Constitution and the 12th Amendment, that task was delegated to states – not the citizenry. The Electoral College reflects the popular will of voters state by state -- not across state lines.
The 2016 Election the depth of the divisions in this country. Those divisions are both human and institutional. Reform, renovation and rebirth are urgently needed. But before we turn our attention to the future – let's take a moment to summarize what went right and what went wrong on Election Day, November 8.