Interrogative Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

Military phonetic spelling of “WTF?"

What in Sam Hill are the dumbasses in Sacramento doing now? It seems they think that the California voter is too stupid to make up his or her own mind about Presidential elections, so they want the people of the other 49 states to make up our mind for us!

But last week the California Senate passed legislation to award the state’s Electoral College votes to the candidate who has received the most popular votes nationally--whether Californians chose him or not. A similar bill passed the Assembly on May 30, so it will soon be up to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign or veto the bill. Such a bill also passed the Colorado Senate in April, part of a national to change the way we choose our presidents. The mandate doesn’t take effect until enough other states sign on to provide a majority of electoral votes. If it were in effect in 2004, George W. Bush would have taken California’s 55 electoral votes, even though John Kerry carried the state by a margin of nearly 10%.

If you live here in California, it’s too late to bitch at your State Senators and Assemblymen, but if you don’t like the idea of some yahoo living half a continent away overriding your Presidential vote, then you need to call Governor Scwarzenegger’s office right away and let his staff know what you think. (He has branch offices in most main cities - I called the one in Riverside - so check with the phone book for the closest number.)

If you don’t live in California, you should check with your State legislatures to make sure that no one else is attempting such a power grab in your state.

If you don’t vote, you don’t get to bitch, but this bill would take away what little power you had in favor of the heavily urban areas throughout the nation.