every other vote in the nation. The National Popular Vote Initiative (NPVI) is an interstate compact, whereby participating states would agree to allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the National Popular Vote. The compact would take effect when enough states (constituting the requisite 270 electoral votes required to win the Presidential election) agree to participate.
Unfortunately, one of the chief opponents of this agreement is the Blue Grass state’s Senior U.S. Senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He is vociferously urging that this compact be defeated, asserting: “We Need to kill it in its cradle before it grows up.” McConnell has taken to rhetorical hyperbole by calling it “an absurd and dangerous idea.” He lambastes the NPVI as “a genuine threat to our country.”
Under the current winner-take-all system, which McConnell supports, Kentucky could face a generation of electoral irrelevance as the state becomes a safe Republican state at the Presidential level. That means that Presidential candidates will ignore the needs of Kentucky tobacco farmers, coal miners, and health care workers, and once a President is elected, their needs will be subservient to the needs of voters in the electorally crucial Ohio.
McConnell is opposed by 75% of his fellow Kentuckians, who believe that every vote should be equal and that the votes of Kentuckians should count for something. He is supporting a system that will make his constituents electorally irrelevant. McConnell must accept that Presidential candidates will treat his constituents as second class-citizens unless this agreement is enacted. He must answer why he supports a scheme that puts the electoral value of his constituents below that of neighboring Ohioans.
Rich Rubino, of Marblehead, MA is the author of the recently published work, The Political Bible of Little Known Facts in American Politics. He holds a B.A. in Communications (Media Track) and Political Science from Assumption College and an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College.