With Republican-controlled legislatures in several states considering legislation to divide their electoral votes up by congressional district, which would make it much easier for Republicans to win the presidency even if they lose the popular vote by large margins, a few Republican leaders are coming out against such proposals. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is the latest:
ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): If it were done nationally, Mitt Romney would have been taking the oath of office on Monday.
BARBOUR: That’s true this time. Other time it might have been just the opposite. I’m a traditionalist myself. I really am a conservative. I’m a little bit skeptical of this. [...]
MITCHELL: Doesn’t it make it look as though the Republicans are trying to sort of game the system? [...]
BARBOUR: As I said, I would not be for it. I don’t think there’s any sort of national movement, and you have sort of convinced me that in Virginia there may not be even state movement. It may be an isolated legislator.
And Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, one of the states where the legislature is considering such a plan, has come out and said he opposes it:
“The governor does not support this legislation. He believes Virginia’s existing system works just fine as it is. He does not believe there is any need for a change,” said spokesman Tucker Martin.
That’s not necessarily a promise to veto it, however, but observers think it’s unlikely to pass now. In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s “open” to the idea and nothing the Republicans in our legislature do would shock me. House Speaker Jase Bolger is unethical and unprincipled to the core.