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The Democratic Electoral College

Chip Franklin



Trump scoffed at the assessment of U.S. intelligence officials that Russia is back at work, attempting to influence our election. He called it a “misinformation campaign” by Democrats. He’s wrong for two reasons. One, there is a preponderance of evidence; IP addresses, sources, and frankly, the Russians don’t care if we know. And secondly, the Democrats are so disorganized that every campaign they attempt seems misinformed, uniformed, and uninspired, making it unlikely they could organize a pick-up softball game much less deep-state skullduggery.

After the Nevada debate, it’s clear the Democrats do not understand the opportunity before them. Trump is wounded, Senate races are in play, and there are more congressional seats to be gained. But instead of momentum, they are weighted down by the very system that has them pinned to the wall; the Electoral College. The primary system weighs states like California and New York much as the device that elected Trump and George W. Bush, ignoring the greater will for the antiquated system created to help slave states.

Bernie Sanders’s Socialist Democracy sounds good in the coastal bubbles, but it’s not a rust-belt winner. Sanders strength lies in states like New York and California and, as early polls suggest, not in the swing states the Democrats must win to thwart a Trump reelection.

Democrats understandably resist the idea of the electoral college, but their state-by-state “winner-take-all” is the same thing.

It’s irony, but not yet the tragic kind. Not yet.

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. Chip is also an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting. Chip has made numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN.

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