Thursday, December 13, 2007

A quick update on the electoral college initiative

I woke up late this morning at about 6:00 am, so I'm going to have a quick little post today. Not to worry. I will yammer on and on the next few days to make up for it.

A friend of mine sent an e-mail 'splainin' the possible grounds for the unconstitutionality of the California electoral college initiative. The U.S. Constitution says it's the state legislature's job to decide the process for electoral college votes being allocated in that particular state, an an initiative isn't an act of the legislature.

As I have said before, I'm not a lawyer. Whether the initiative makes it to the ballot is uncertain, and how this will play out in the courts is anybody's guess.

Flags of many Lands™ welcomes my first visitor from Kenya! Somebody in Kenya wants to know about creepy ass blue tooth phones. The pandemic may be more pervasive than previously thought.

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dguzman said...

We can only hope that whatever court hears the case will render a verdict on the LAW, rather than on what the repubs want.

Can you tell I'm feeling really bitter today?

Matty Boy said...

I know how you feel, dg.

Constitutionality. Sounds like a great idea, but in practice...

Somebody has to challenge a law's constitutionality, then that has to work its way ALL the way up the judicial food chain. Usually, by then, an unconstitutional act has already been committed, and the courts say, "Well... okay this time, but next time, boy will we give you a harsh scolding!"

As for declaring the government's ACTIONS are unconstitutional, all it takes is one asshole judge saying that a party doesn't have grounds to sue and that's that.

The right wing loves to whine about activist judges, but the Federalist Society, which now has judges honeycombed all the way through the judicial branch, are one of the worst and longest lasting legacies of conservatism since Reagan.

I love ya, dg, but if you let me warm up a little, I can probably match you bitter mood for bitter mood.

dguzman said...

Matty--it's a deal. Let's be bitter as hell TOGETHER! Our combined bitterness could power San Francisco, Philly, and Dallas!