In praise of the electoral college


There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
Trump won 3,084 of them.
Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State.
Trump won 46 of them.
Clinton won 16.

Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.

In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)

Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.

These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.

The United States is comprised of 3, 797,000 square miles.

When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.

December 3, 2016 | 2 Comments »

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  1. Schumer beat HRC by 645,367 votes statewide. HRC won NYC by 1,508,736 votes, her entire state-wide margin over DJT was 1,507,286 votes.

    NY and NYC reported vote counts not the same as this post
    HRC NYC: 1,969,920
    DJT NYC: 461,164

    HRC NYS: 4,145,376
    DJT NYS: 2,638,090

    Schumer NYC: 2,017,743
    Schumer NYS: 4,790,743

    You can decipher the Jewish vote from this data if you know your outer borough neighborhoods, e.g., Borough Park, but most of Schumer’s big win over HRC was outside of NYC.

  2. The figures — which could just as easily have been taken from California — are a vindication of Hamilton’s vision – far from obsolete, as has been suggested ad nauseum before and after the election by members of both factions. The author should, however, have given credit for the idea where credit is due. It’s not a force of nature, or a custom who origin is lost in the mists of time. It’s all there. In less than a paragraph’s worth. From the mind of one man. From the year, 1787. Not before !my! time, thank you very much.

    Federalist #68

    “…Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States…”

    and just before that:

    “…The business of corruption, when it is to embrace so considerable a number of men, requires time as well as means. Nor would it be found easy suddenly to embark them, dispersed as they would be over thirteen States, in any combinations founded upon motives, which though they could not properly be denominated corrupt, might yet be of a nature to mislead them from their duty…”

    Thank you, Alexander Hamilton. We Americans of the future, humbly thank you.

    Star Trek Zefram Cochrane Warp Flight

    – from movie, Star Trek: First Contact