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DON'T TRY TO ABOLISH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
Buffalo News; Buffalo, N.Y.; Nov 20, 2000;

Sub Title: 

[FINAL Edition]

Edition: 

Financial edition

Start Page: 

B5

Personal Names: 

Clinton, Hillary

Abstract:
Our newly elected senator and constitutional scholar, Hillary Clinton, has expressed her opinion that the Electoral College should be abolished. While I do not recall Clinton bringing this up during her campaign, it is clear that she recognizes the inherent advantage this would give to her party.

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Copyright Buffalo News Nov 20, 2000

Our newly elected senator and constitutional scholar, Hillary Clinton, has expressed her opinion that the Electoral College should be abolished. While I do not recall Clinton bringing this up during her campaign, it is clear that she recognizes the inherent advantage this would give to her party.

The aggressive Democratic machines in the cities would be in perfect position to generate big majorities among their largely liberal constituencies in these areas, swamping the more balanced vote in the suburbs and the rest of the country.

For those among us who might be seduced by the idea of a system "better reflecting the will of the people," the experience of Germany after World War I might be instructive. The Weimar Constitution was carefully designed to ensure that "political power emanates from the people," and to ensure that no German vote would be wasted.

In 1933, six months after an election in which the Nazi Party received less than 38 percent of the vote, and following a series of demonstrations and constitutional wrangles, Adolph Hitler was appointed chancellor. Six months after that, the government outlawed freedom of the press, all unions and all political parties except one.

The rest, as they say, is history.

MALCOLM VANDERBURGH

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