[Marxism] Fwd: Who's to blame for Trump's victory? | SocialistWorker.org

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 25 17:36:22 MST 2016

The Electoral College distorts the whole system of presidential 
elections. Because most states' electorates overwhelmingly favor one 
mainstream party over the other, the candidates don't spend their 
resources to campaign in them.

This year, that meant ignoring the three of the four most populous 
states in the country--California, Texas and New York--and the millions 
of ordinary Americans who live and work in them. Instead, the major 
parties concentrate on about 10 or 12 "swing states" that are more 
closely divided, knowing that winning them is the key to winning the 
White House.

Just think about if the president was elected on the strength of the 
popular vote nationwide. The campaigns would be forced to address 
themselves to the aspirations of the multiracial millions in the great 
industrial/service/transportation centers of the country: Los Angeles, 
Houston, Chicago, New York City.

Instead, a massive amount of attention is devoted to winning in a state 
like New Hampshire. No offense to residents of New Hampshire, but its 
statewide population is much smaller than any of those four largest U.S. 
cities. And New Hampshire is much whiter and wealthier than the country 
as a whole.


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