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  •  Figured this would be about the electoral college (4+ / 0-)

    Given the timing relative to the election, I expected this to be about how Madison would've liked presidential elections by popular vote, but that wouldn't have played with the southern states so we have that artifact of slavery known as the electoral college.

    But aside from my confounded expectations, it's interesting, and a very worthy diary.  Thx!

    •  My understanding (5+ / 0-)

      (and I am not an expert) is that the many of the Founders were distrustful (at best) of "Mob Rule" and as well as being distrustful of allowing too much of the federal government to be beholden to the legislatures of the various states. So we wound up with the Lower House elected by popular vote, the Upper House chosen by the State Legislatures (later changed by the Seventeenth Amendment), and the President chosen by the Electoral College. The Constitutional Convention was a series of compromises.

      "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat."--Will Rogers

      by vgranucci on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:28:40 PM PST

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