A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that’s been circulating on tea party blogs, calling for states that supported Mitt Romney to refuse to participate in the Electoral College in a move backers believe would change the election result.Constitutional supergenius state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll isn't totally insane, by the way. Oh no. She's just, you know, asking the question. The question being, "Can we teabaggers continue to live in denial a little longer that we suffered a resounding defeat this election?" (Answer: Sure. Knock yourselves out. Send all the nutty conspiracy theory emails to each other you want.)
Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, sent an article out on Twitter headed, "A ‘last chance’ to have Mitt Romney as President in January (it’s still not too late)."
Here's the big plan to save America from the black Kenyan socialist Muslim something something black guy:
[I]f 17 of the 24 states that Romney carried refuse to participate in the Electoral College, the college would have no quorum, throwing the presidential pick to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.And here's an actual constitutional scholar patiently using little words to explain why nuh-uh:
The problem with that, Adler said, is that it’s based on a misreading of the 12th Amendment, which notes when no candidate receives a majority in the Electoral College, the decision moves to the House, where each state would have one vote and a quorum of two-thirds of the states would be required. “The two-thirds reference in the 12th Amendment is a reference not to the Electoral College but rather to the establishment of a quorum in the House of Representatives,” he said.Electoral College, House of Representatives—hey, same difference, right?
To win in the Electoral College, a presidential candidate needs only to get at least 270 electoral votes, Adler said. No quorum is required.
“The author touted by Sen. Nuxoll is confusing the Electoral College with the House of Representatives,” Adler said.
Whatevs. The entire Republican Party, including its presidential ticket, was "shellshocked" that unskewing the gay math didin't lead to a Romney landslide, so it makes sense that in the wingiest corners of the party, they're still trying to unskew the election too.
Keep working on that, teabaggers. Please. In fact, spend all your time and money on exactly that.