American Idol shows why we need an Electoral College
I don’t usually write on stuff like this, but I was struck last night and got to thinking about whether talent is enough, or whether the right person always wins. And in the event that the wrong person is winning, is there a way to correct that?
I saw two of the most talented individuals participating in the vanguard of American cultural expression that is American Idol get sent to the elimination round yesterday, with one of them having to be sent home. If that show had an electoral college (the judges?), that probably would not have happened.
In today’s political season, we may see something similar play out.
Is this extended Democratic Party primary ultimately leading to Obama and Clinton being sent to the elimination chairs, which means one of them will have to go home?
Going a step further, if the Obama-Clinton deathmatch is bloody enough, will they be paving the way for the Republican John McCain, the most wrong of the three?
The popular vote is generally the correct vote, as it is in the case of the Democratic Primary this year. However, this is not always the case (see the 2004 Presidential Election). When it’s not, how do we fix it?
The answer should be that the Electoral College, or Randy Jackson, or the Superdelegates, or something should be able to right such wrongs. After all, that’s why they were invented in the first place.
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