Electoral College and third-party presidential candidates. Dateline 1912. Candidates for president. Democrat Woodrow Wilson, a native southerner living in New Jersey; employed at Princeton U. . Howard Taft, Republican from Ohio. Teddy Roosevelt of New York, running as a third-party candidate on the Progressive Bull Moose Party.
Teddy Roosevelt had split the Republican Party in half and walked out and formed the Progressive Bull Moose Party. He had been president a few years earlier, but had declined to run again. He was unhappy with the way Taft was as president and unhappy with the Republican Party leadership of Taft.
Two things which held back Roosevelt and his third-party effort to win. (1) An attempt on TR’s life by an anarchist which today is nothing but a libertarian. In other words, libertarian / anarchists only believe in individual rights and don’t care about the lives of others. (2) The Electoral College.
TR was giving a speech when someone tried to gun him down. He felt it but continue his speech. He was a tough guy. They took him off to tend to his injury only to find he had an eye lens case in his chest pocket and it helped block the bullet. He was hospitalized for some time, but his hospitalization caused him to stop his whistle-stop train campaigning across the nation. This was problem for him as he attempted to win the election.
The second thing which stopped TR’s campaign to win the presidency was the existence of the Electoral College. For had there been no Electoral College and there had been, on the day the Electoral College would have met, a runoff election between the top two winners, Wilson and Roosevelt, would have happened instead. There are historical analysts who believe, had this happened, Roosevelt, the third-party candidate would have won in 1912. Mere speculation, but very possible it could have happened.
Susan Collins is a Republican more like TR than Howard Taft. Yet, all she want to do is not think about this situation and merely put a Band-Aid on a wound which is caused by the Electoral College and hope that it will solve the problem Reform, in the eyes of Susan Collins. It won’t solve the problem because it IS the problem and needs to be abolished.
I can say something like calling this woman a bitch. Or I can use the comedic words of Dan Akroyd of SNL when he would often be doing the “news” on SNL and turn to Jane Curtin and say, “Jane, you ignorant slut.” Perhaps these words would be more appropriate for this particular situation?