The Hogewash Poll

If the electoral vote count does’t award a majority of electoral votes (270 or more) to one candidate, the election of the President will be the responsibility of the House of Representatives. Under the terms of the 12th Amendment, the delegation from each state gets one vote. Although the Democrats have a majority in the House as a whole, 26 of the state delegations are majority Republican, 22 are majority Democrat, and two are evenly split. Of course, that could be changed by the next election.

New Voters

When a governing elite begins to lose the support of an electorate, one solution that can be applied is to fire the poorly performing voters and replace them. If that can’t be done, then another possible solution can be to hire scab voters to swell the roles and vote as the elites wish. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the House is planning to vote on an immigration amnesty bill that would put around 2.5 million illegal immigrants (read, potential registered Democrats) on the path to citizenship by giving them green cards. The bill has essentially no chance of passing in the Senate, and if it did, it certainly couldn’t be passed over a presidential veto. The vote is another virtue-signaling waste of time by a House that has accomplished next to nothing.

Even if the rest of these illegal immigrants who aren’t already voting in our elections could be added to the roles, if might not change the end results of our elections. You see, they’re concentrated in blue districts in blue states. While their votes might insure great margins of victory for Democrats in local and congressional elections, they unlikely to tip the red state/blue state balance in the Electoral College.

Now, I’m not complaining about the House wasting time. Given the present makeup of the House of Representatives, the country is better off with them doing nothing.

Let’s Make a Deal

F. H. Buckley has a post at the NY Post on how President Trump and the incoming Democrat-led House could work together for their mutual benefit. He points out that the last two Democrats in the White House faced Republican-led Houses. Clinton worked cooperatively and got results such as welfare reform. Obama didn’t and got gridlock.

Those are deals to be made, and the question is whether Democrats in Congress will go along. If they do, they’ll give voters a reason to re-elect both them and Trump in 2020.

If they don’t — if they, say, rush to impeach instead — they’ll prove that they’re not to be taken seriously and will give voters a reason to re-elect Trump in 2020. For Trump, it’s win-win.

I’m betting on gridlock—with comic relief from the likes of She Guevara.

Fasten your seat belts.