State Sen. Betsy Johnson delivered a scripted speech before voting against SB 870. I can't decide what's worse, Johnson's shocking defense of President Donald Trump, or her assault against the National Popular Vote (NPV).

The senator's failed call for ballot reference was a deliberate lose, lose, strategy. One where backwards-worded (yes means no) language during a low turnout election might make it easy for opponents with millions in Political Action Committee (PAC) money to manufacture a failure they could exploit as a pretext to block any future reconsideration.

Her sudden concern for the opinions of voters is worthy of a "Blazing Saddles" style satire. Where were her tender sentiments for voter preferences in 2016, when three million votes were tossed in the garbage?


Even if it passed, recall that a state does not have authority above the U.S. Constitution. It would be a triviality to overturn, because Article 2 section 1 explicitly says that the state legislature has exclusive authority in how it assigns its electors, not the voters. That is why no proponent has espoused that cynically authored political dumpster fire attempt to derail and kill it.


NPV is about one word: Democracy. Johnson neither represents her party, who resolved to support it, nor the majority of voters who support it.

Complaining that renewed interest in passage of the NPV is because of two words — Donald Trump — is like ridiculing the declaration of war against Japan because of the two words "Pearl Harbor." 
Whose side is she on?

TED THOMAS

Astoria

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Stephen Malkowski

The NPV compact , most likely unconstitutional, puts Democrats in a bind. Do they side with their national party or defend their state interests?

Stephen Malkowski

The NPV compact , most likely unconstitutional, puts Democrats in a bind. Do they side with their national party or defend their state interests?

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