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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

PrawfsBlawg: Tomorrow's News, Today.

Perhaps PrawfsBlawg can't meet a catchy newspaper-themed television show from the 90s, but it does have some predictive power. Back on January 7, a few of you may recall that I wrote about proposed legislative changes to the Electoral College in a handful of states. I suggested three reasons I wouldn't be concerned: that there are House-Presidential mismatches; that such proposals are nothing new and rarely go anyplace; and that there exists a Rawlsian concern that a plan might backfire tomorrow.

Well, it took a few weeks, but everyone's finally coming around. Joshua Spivak at The Week writes about how temporary gain may not pay off in the long-run. Nate Cohn at The New Republic called the move "self-defeating." Rick Hasen wrote at Slate last week not to worry, because such worries are often overblown.

And then, like clockwork, the proposals have hit obstacles. Serious concerns were raised by Republicans in Virginia and Wisconsin. And the plans appear to be dying, one by one.

But you, PrawfsBlawg reader, knew all that, because you read what I had to say three weeks ago.

Posted by Derek Muller on January 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM in Law and Politics | Permalink


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