The Popular Vote Means Nothing

Hillary Clinton supporters: let’s not hear a lot of whingeing, please, about how your gal “won the popular vote”. Leaving aside the most obvious response — that in this federal republic it is, by careful design, the States that elect the President, and not the mob — your argument depends upon the assumption of an unprovable counterfactual, namely the implicit assertion that she would have won the popular vote even if there were no Electoral College. This article explains why the notion is irrelevant.

Speaking of the mob, they are now having a tantrum, massing themselves in various urban centers (and blocking highways) to protest — what, exactly? What are their demands?

Perhaps soon it will be more relevant to ask: how many divisions do they have?

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14 Comments

  1. They’ll disperse soon enough when they run out of creature comforts, sandwiches, and beer. And then it will start raining.

    Shiite, man, protesting seemed much more fun in the sixties. Maybe we should wait till spring. Maybe we should figure out how to get a life. Nah. Let’s just sit in traffic, naked, eating glass …

    Posted November 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm | Permalink
  2. “how many divisions do they have?”

    About as many as the Vatican has.

    Posted November 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm | Permalink
  3. JK says

    Oh yeah they’ve got a lotta divisions, at this point it looks like oh, north of 59,626,052 or so.

    Reckon the Nobel committee could handle giving that many Peace Prizes?

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 1:16 am | Permalink
  4. I promise not to “whinge,” if it means I no longer have to endure from you foot-notes to Spengler.

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 1:38 am | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    “Footnotes to Spengler”, eh?

    Well. What can I say? To be original now and then is difficult enough. To be original always is more than I have promised.

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 1:50 am | Permalink
  6. Fair enough, Malcolm. I only meant, that the one good thing to come out of this (from my perspective, certainly) is that for awhile at least, I expect to hear from you that all is well and the world is humming along. As for originality, another point of agreement between us, as there can at least be a few, is that it’s overrated.

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 2:41 am | Permalink
  7. Whitewall says

    With these mobs of Democrats protesting in major cities, they not only lost, they are acting like real losers. What do they want? They want to be noticed and then they want to be paid. If it had been the Rs who had lost, the red necks would not have done any of this. Why?

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm | Permalink
  8. Rick says

    Mobs-mobs, or just “mobs”?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cw5H66dXEAIxLtc.jpg:large

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
  9. Malcolm says

    “It’s not just a mob — it’s a job.”

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  10. Malcolm says

    Alex,

    …for awhile at least, I expect to hear from you that all is well and the world is humming along.

    Yes, I’m pleased with this result, and we can breathe a little easier for the moment. But do you actually think that “all is well and the world is humming along”?

    We have achieved an important victory, and have thwarted the ambitions of an extraordinarily corrupt and dangerous woman. In this we may have slowed, a little, the progression of chaos and decline. We may even be able to reverse it, in some ways, for a time. And for that I am grateful.

    But “all is well?” No.

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm | Permalink
  11. Whitewall says

    “It’s not just a mob — it’s a job.”

    Malcolm I like that one! I must use it…expect royalty checks!

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
  12. JK says

    Wanna look for some *interesting patterns* fellow readers?

    Hows ’bout Bible Belt Arkansas, marijuana and Donald Trump!

    Probably a damned good thing medical pot’s approved for PTSD ’cause my thinking is, the Demo Soothsayers has been particularly traumatized.

    http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2016/11/10/arkansas-by-the-numbers-the-victories-for-trump-and-marijuana#more

    They cut off their nose to spite their face.

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  13. Jake says

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries%2C_2008

    Obama vs Hillary.

    Hillary won popular

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 11:51 pm | Permalink
  14. “Hillary Clinton . . . ‘won the popular vote.'”

    Well, give her the beribboned certificate and title her “Ms. Popularity”!

    These high school awards never mean much in college anyway . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted November 11, 2016 at 9:47 am | Permalink

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