Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 3, 2013

Editorial: Refusal to bring charges in dumping haunts case


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder last week came out against a scheme to award the state's electoral votes by who wins the most congressional districts, not by who gets the most votes, a method that would have given Michigan — and the nation — to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

But before anyone thinks Snyder's rejection of the ploy means it won't see the light of day in Michigan, read closely what Snyder told Politico: Such a plan should only be considered at a moment when the outcome wouldn't be obviously biased toward one party or another.

That's a "no" without a "no," and reminiscent of Snyder's claim that right-to-work legislation wasn't on his agenda and wouldn't be good for Michigan — just before he signed it into law.

Here's his quote: "In a perfect world, if you were going to do it (change the winner-take-all system), the time to do it is, you should do it before the census and before redistricting, and people know how that's going to work out," Snyder said.

"That time," Snyder continued, "is not right now."

Unless Michigan's rabid-right Legislature gives him a bill to sign, perhaps.

This whole thing is a cynical strategy concocted by Republicans who have gerrymandered congressional districts across the nation to make them solid GOP strongholds, essentially ensuring election victories based on the new way of counting.

They're willing to trash more than 230 years of tradition for short-term political gain.

If their plan had been in place last fall President Obama — who beat Romney by more than 5 million votes nationally — would have lost the electoral college by 14 votes.

How's that for fairness?

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