Election 2012

Super Stupid

A wackaloon state senator from Idaho doesn't understand how the electoral college process works, and so she's come up with a crazystupid idea for a Romney victory: states where Romney won the electoral vote should refuse to participate in the electoral vote count.

Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, sent an article out on Twitter headed, “A ‘last chance’ to have Mitt Romney as President in January (it’s still not too late).”

Constitutional scholar David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, said the plan is not “totally constitutional,” as touted in the article, but is instead “a radical, revolutionary proposal that has no basis in federal law or the architecture of the Constitution.”

Adler called it “really a strange and bizarre fantasy.”

Nuxoll said, “Well, I guess that’s one lawyer.”

She doesn't understand the 12th Amendment. She thinks there needs to be a two-thirds quorum in the electoral college for the vote to be counted. By refusing to participate, the Romney states would ostensibly send the election to the House of Representatives to decide. Clever! Except the Constitution doesn't call for a quorum in the electoral college at all -- just 270 electoral votes for victory. The quorum is called for in the House of Representatives -- not the electoral votes. So, uh-doy.

  • Zen Diesel

    What a maroon, What an ignoramus !!!!


  • http://phydeauxpseaks.blogspot.com Bob Rutledge

    Good lord. I saw the original Judson Phillips piece referenced last week, and, for the first (and probably last) time ever, actually clicked through to Wingnut Daily to read it. [the link was still in my browser history in case anyone wants to see the thing] The day after it was originally posted. They had already posted the Ed. Note saying that the piece was founded on an incorrect reading of the Constitution. And now a week later, it’s trickled down to Idaho Goobers.

    There is nothing so juicy to a wingnut as a lie.

    • D_C_Wilson

      And if you go back to WND today, there are idiots in the comments section who are still calling for this to happen even after the site posted the correction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663669914 Sean Richardson

    Next Week they’re going to pass a bill to match funding for all the money Microsoft is giving to kids with cancer if you’ll just forward this one simple E-mail!

  • Ipecac

    Assuming that this was actually something that could work:

    (1) what kind of idiot would think it’s a good idea to overturn the clear results of an election like this, and

    (2) can you imagine the reaction from the majority of Americans who want Obama to be President? What kind of idiot wouldn’t realize that such a stunt would result in immediate near-civil war?


    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      Ip, they don’t realize that Hippies actually hit back and do own guns. I’ve told many a Libertarian talking about revolt to bring it on–I’m ready when you are.

      • Brutlyhonest

        Indeed. I grew up in central NC hunting for much of our meat (in season, of course). I’m proficient in many firearms, including handguns. After a requal session at the range, several members of my aircrew “joked” that if we ended up on the ground, they were simply going to hand me their weapons and reload for me. So yeah, bring it on. :P

        • http://phydeauxpseaks.blogspot.com Bob Rutledge

          I grew up in central NC

          Huh. I “came up” in Wilkes (by God) County, myself. :)

          • Brutlyhonest

            Moore and Montgomery myself. I sometimes miss the solitude of country living, but not all the things that drove me to enlist while still in HS and leave as soon as I could.

  • trgahan

    As each week goes by I am amazed at the continued amount of “He didn’t really win! America still loves far right conservatism! You, the base, are still a relevant majority and entitled hold power!” cheerleading that continues to go on and on.

    Amazing how much they have to do just to keep that voting block together and supportive.

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

      “Amazing how much they have to do just to keep that voting block together and supportive”. So true indeed.
      They depend upon debunked lies supported by their own broadcast media wing. They need billions of special interest dollars in support and now require voter suppression just to remain competitive.

  • zirgar

    I love how these right wingers react when reality intrudes upon their worldview; by god and the holy angels, force reality onto a bed of violent Procrustean idiocy and whatever doesn’t fit, isn’t relevant or real, anyway, despite how it might actually affect them. “I don’t see no piano falling onto my head, so it won’t hurt me.”

  • bphoon

    Well, according to the article you link to, this idea came to her from Judson Phillips, so that pretty much says all I need to hear about it.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mr. Phillips, he’s a Tennessee lawyer who founded Tea Party Nation . He’s famous for, among other things, suggesting that only property owners should be able to vote and being assessed a settlement of “…$748,000, including the $554,000 hotel bill and $194,300 in accrued interest, for the 1,637 reserved rooms…” at the Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas for his failed 2011 Tea Party Convention. A real numbskull who has no idea how our system of government really works. The epitome of the words, “Tea Party”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.dobbin Josh Dobbin

    This is what happens when you sanction and reward a willfully and defiantly anti-intellectual stance in a group. It doesn’t spring from an actual anger at the idea of knowing things, but rather an insecurity that other people know more things and this therefore places you in state of CONSTANT de facto reactionary anger they *think they’re better than you.*

    But they WANT to be smart/know stuff/be experts. They just don’t want to do the drudge-work and process of academic, largely non-partisan learning to get there. There’s a reason why Limbaugh uses terms like “Limbaugh INSTITUTE for ADVANCED conservative STUDIES” and a reason why Glenn Beck fills ACADEMIC LOOKING CHALKBOARDS with frantic messes that resemble equations. It is all a kind of cargo-cult worship of academia (while hating and disparaging the real academics as pinheads/elitists/monsters) , with none of the work. A sort of “Eat Cake, Lose Weight!” approach to political science.

    But the end result is that they can’t actually parse a sentence and agree in an objective way about what it means. Regardless of ideology, there has to be a certain minimum, base level of understanding in order to have an actual debate. The republican party has really created a Frankenstein monster now, calling on the lightning of anger and anti-intellectual populist resentment to animate their sewn-together flesh. It is now in charge an in office.