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Thursday, December 15, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It looks like Hillary’s campaign is not over yet.


Some Democrats are fighting on to — and beyond — the very last minute. Liberal voters in the Electoral College, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi, are demanding intelligence briefings on Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign before they cast their votes next week. Former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta is supporting these defiant electors, arguing they need a full understanding of the “ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election.”

Now even liberal Hollywood celebrities like Martin Sheen and Noah Wyle are making a final plea to Republican electors to withhold their votes from Mr. Trump. The desperate rearguard actions are an embarrassing attempt by the left to undermine our democracy and disrupt the peaceful transition of power.

This group of 10 so-called “Hamilton electors” is causing unnecessary stress in the Electoral College and in the country at large. Invoking the spirit of the federalist Alexander Hamilton, these electors say they should be able to vote their conscience “for the good of America.” They believe it’s their moral obligation to stop Mr. Trump because they can’t fathom that he will become our next president.

They argue that he is not qualified to be president and believe that Mr. Hamilton and his fellow Founding Fathers created the Electoral College to be “a deliberative body that plays a critical role in our system of government — ensuring that the American people elect a president who is constitutionally qualified and fit to serve,” as they wrote in an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. And they believe the Russians helped to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.

It’s a bitter reality that these Democrats — and one rogue Republican — are so determined to block Mr. Trump that they will use any excuse to deny him the presidency. The vast majority of Americans disagree with their disruptive actions — and the dangerous precedent they would set.

Democrats argue that Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote, and therefore the electors should not be bound by their state’s results. The efforts by the Hamilton electors will most likely fail because Colorado and 28 other states require members of the Electoral College to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in their state.

But what’s alarming is the determination by these electors to undermine the process, despite the fact that Mrs. Clinton conceded to Mr. Trump on election night. Other electors report they are being harassed through emails, phone calls and even death threats to drop their support for Mr. Trump. What is usually a ceremonial role of the electors has now become a political hot potato thanks to the machinations of a small number of electors determined to blow up the American system for choosing a president.

Democrats and their Hollywood enablers are badly out of touch with millions of voters and still fail to understand the Trump phenomenon. They scratch their heads in dismay and ask how anyone could have voted for Mr. Trump.

But it was their own candidate who failed at many levels, not due to Russian hacking but because of a weak political strategy and a misdirected message that did not work in the battleground states. While the Trump campaign focused on the Rust Belt states and reaching out to the working class with a strong economic revival message, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign primarily relied on attacks on Mr. Trump’s temperament and on a divisive identity politics that worked well in major coastal cities but not in America’s heartland.

Democratic elitism is on full display with the misguided mission of the Hamilton electors. While the nation may indeed remain divided, most Americans are ready to move on and give Mr. Trump a fair chance to lead. The Democrats and the disgruntled electors should do the same.

Mercedes Schlapp is a Fox News contributor, co-founder of Cove Strategies and former White House director of specialty media under President George W. Bush.


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