Majority of *electoral* vote here in the U.S.  It's a distinction, but an 
important one. 

---In, <s3raphita@...> wrote :

 Re "Did she say how she thought they would do this?  . . . Would cause a 
gigantic ruckus."


 I think Bhairitu and Emily thought I was referring to the *Presidential 
Election* itself - which is indeed decided by majority vote (give or take 
disputes over ballot-paper design).

 I (Bonnie also) was talking about the regional selection for each party's 
candidate to face off against their rival.

 I think Bonnie is right about the principle though. (I've heard it mentioned 
before.) The delegates who eventually choose the one presidential *candidate* 
for their party are not actually legally bound to respect the wishes of the 
voters in their particular state. And Trump could scare GOP shitless.

 Just wondering if that situation has ever happened before. 
 Bonnie sounded confident it would happen this time; I'm thinking, like you, it 
could precipitate a crisis of epic proportions.




---In, <authfriend@...> wrote :

 ---In, <s3raphita@...> wrote :

 What's the point?  

 I was listening to Yank playwright Bonnie Greer today and she mentioned 
something that really shook me: Trump has no chance of becoming President (no - 
that bit didn't shake me!) because even if he wins every caucus/primary he 
contests the Republican bigwigs will block his candidature. That last bit was 
the shocker.

 Did she say how she thought they would do this? There's no official mechanism 
for it that I know of. They could try to subvert the Republican nominating 
convention to give someone else the nomination, but it would be highly iffy and 
would cause a gigantic ruckus.

 So these primaries are in the end just advisory! The Democrat and GOP 
establishments will just pat you on the head and tell you they will "listen" to 
your concerns.

 Um, no. Not sure what Greer was on about, but it sounds to me like conspiracy 
theorizing, not reality. (BTW, the adjective is "Democratic," not "Democrat.")









 Has it ever actually happened in US history that the popular choice for 
Presidential contender - Red or Blue -has been overturned at the final hurdle?

 It's freezing out there. Stay indoors.



---In, <rick@...> wrote :

 Law in Iowa requires employers to give people time off if they don't have at 
least 3 hours to caucus during caucus hours. Pass it on! A lot of people I'm 
hearing from don't know this and think they can't vote Bernie Monday because 
they have to work! But they can. We need to get the word out! Empower the 
 Iowa Code ยง 49.109
 Please tell your friends.

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