Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell went on the Wallbuilders radio show with David Barton and Rick Green and they made quite possibly the dumbest argument imaginable on the subject of the many Republican plans to pass out presidential electoral votes by congressional district.
Blackwell: There’s an old farmer’s tale that if you throw a brick at a pack of pigs, the one that squeals is the one you hit. Well, when we put this out there, the Left started squealing, the New York Times started squealing, so we must be on to something.
Green: You must be on to something. No doubt about that. I haven’t had a chance to look, I don’t if anyone has done a map, I’d be real curious to know if every state did this, how would the last few elections [have gone]? Have you had a chance to look?
Blackwell: I already know. If every state did it, Romney would have won the election. And so that’s another reason that the Left just instinctively dislikes it…
Barton: This actually is a way to give the people a greater voice rather than just having the majority slap it to the minority every time you turn around. And I really like what he’s proposed here with reverting back out of the winner-take-all philosophy of the states, going back to congressional district take all, which is a good way to do it.
Let’s unpack those two arguments. The first is just unmistakable tribalism — if the left doesn’t like it, it must be the right thing to do. That is, to put it kindly, utterly moronic. But Barton’s argument is even dumber. If every state did that, Mitt Romney would have won the election in 2012 despite getting five million fewer votes than Obama. And by Barton’s twisted reasoning, that would “give the people a greater voice.” Seriously, saying something that stupid should cause physical pain. Your brain should slam against the inside of your skull so hard in an attempt to get the hell away from you that it should knock you out.