Republicans are more than a little concerned about next year’s elections, as well they should be. Still, the shoddy attempt by a California GOP operative to game the electoral system to help next year’s GOP presidential nominee needs to be exposed as the flimflam that it is.
Thomas Hiltachk, whose Sacramento law firm specializes in writing “sexy” ballot measures, has written one for the June ballot that would change how California awards its electoral votes. Instead of winner-take-all, California’s 55 votes, by far the most of any state, would be apportioned by congressional district, most likely giving Republicans at least 20 votes.
This would make it easier for the GOP candidate to win the presidency — as George W. Bush did in 2000 — despite losing the popular vote. Had Bush won 20 of California’s votes in 2000 he wouldn’t have needed the Supreme Court to become president.
Hiltachk’s law firm soon will begin rounding up the 434,000 signatures of registered California voters to qualify the measure for the November 2008 ballot.
No chance to pass, you say? Voters are too savvy? But you never know when initiatives are dressed up with phony names. Hiltachk already has been associated with such nifties as “Californians for Paycheck Protection” (anti-union), “Californians for a Fair Business Policy” (pro-tobacco), and Fair Pay Workplace Flexibility (anti-minimum wage).
The name of his new brainchild is about what you would expect: “Californians for Fair Election Reform.”