Popular Vote and the World Series
Ian Donnis over at N4N invokes the Supreme Court “giving” the election to George W. Bush in 2000 as a lead-in to the National Popular Vote movement. Both Andrew and I have posted about this before. Here’s a baseball analogy just for Ian, via a Bruce Bartlett piece from 2000:
It will be as if we changed the World Series from a system in which a team must win 4 games to one in which the total number of runs in all games played determines victory. As recently as 1997, a popular vote-type system for the World Series would have switched the winner from the Florida Marlins to the Cleveland Indians. Although Florida won 4 games to Cleveland’s 3, Cleveland scored 44 total runs in the 7 games played to Florida’s 37.
Hey, just having fun. I’m sure someone could liken it to the Superbowl instead.
Oh, one other thing: why does Common Cause (national) like this idea while the RI chapter doesn’t support another popular vote driven reform, voter initiative? Aren’t they both “popular” democracy in action?