Now that it looks like Hillary Clinton did indeed win the popular vote over Donald Trump, Democrats and Left Wing activists are loudly calling to repeal the Electoral College. Former Attorney General Eric Holder even appeared on national TV Friday night promising to work to get rid of it. It just doesn't seem fair to so many Americans that the candidate who got the most overall votes isn't the winner. But let's make something really clear: We're never getting rid of the Electoral College. There isn't even the remotest chance.
First, let's look at the sheer logistics. Abolishing the Electoral College would require a Constitutional Amendment. To do that, an amendment must first be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. Because Representatives and Senators from the smaller states make up more than a third of the Congress, that's really already a dead letter.
But let's check our math: Two-thirds of the full 435-member House of Representatives is 290 votes. And even if every Representative in every large Democratic Party-controlled state voted for the amendment, it wouldn't be anywhere near the 290 votes needed. And that's in the House, where the larger states are more heavily represented.
In the Senate, where every state gets two seats no matter the size, you'd need to find at least nine of the 42 Senators who represent states with six or fewer electoral votes to vote against their own interests and join 100 percent of the 58 Senators who come from those bigger states to vote to abolish the Electoral College. That's not going to happen.