I really want to thank Uncle Walt for his comment posted here.
He wrote to his State Senator, the man who is currently serving in "Sid Snyder's Seat" in Olympia.
Here is the response by Senator Brian Hatfield:
"The electoral college has already been change(sic) by Maine and Nebraska, which proportion by Congressional district. Because those states are small, few people are aware of the 'unlevel playing field' that is being created.
"If California proportioned by Congressional district, we'd NEVER elect another Democrat President. If Texas did it, the same could be said for Republicans. It's not about "taking away Washington's voice." It's about uniformity.
"If I could vote to force Maine and Nebraska to go back to the old way, or force ALL 50 STATES to proportion by Congressional district, I would. Unfortunately, we can't do that so the National Popular Vote compact is the only way we can get to uniformity and a LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. "Frankly, I can't understand why others can't understand this argument. >> -BH"
Here is Uncle Walt's response to the e-mail he received from Senator Brian Hatfield:
"Perhaps I can explain why others "fail to understand" the arguments you put forth.
"The Electoral College is NOT about a 'level playing field' or 'uniformity'. It never was. Nor was it ever about the popular vote. I refer you to the Federalist Papers on the subject. In them, you will discover it was about putting a 'check and balance' on the popular vote. Basically, it was intended to prevent an unqualified, but charismatic, candidate from attaining office.
"Unfortunately, the Founders left the method of setting up the Electoral College to each state. Which, btw, is further proof that it was never intended to be about a 'level playing field' nor 'uniformity'.
"If the Founders had intended it to be about 'uniformity', they would have set the Electoral College up as a federal standard ... rather than leaving it up to each individual state how to run it."
"If they had intended it to be about a 'level playing field', they wouldn't have created it in the first place ... and left elections up to the popular vote."
I get the feeling that Senator Hatfield is trying to play this both ways. You've read the above, do you read a shift in meaning? "...it was never intended to be about a 'level playing field' nor 'uniformity'."
Then, "...we can't do that so the National Popular Vote compact is the only way we can get to uniformity and a LEVEL PLAYING FIELD."
So, what is it Senator? Maintain the advantage that remains with the States in their role in our Electoral College? Or, adoption of the National Popular Vote Compact?
It seems the Senator is advocating for a "level playing field."
So, thanks to Uncle Walt. But...what is really being said? (Or, hidden?)
(Corrected post, thanks for the clarification, UW.)
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