Thursday, Rep. Cohen introduced bills that would eliminate the electoral college and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves. The electoral college bill seems unrealistic, wrote Ed Morrissey, since it would fail to be ratified “in one quarter of the states, let alone three quarters.” As the framers of the Constitution intended, the electoral college exists to ensure the federal government doesn’t trample on states’ sovereignty. The pardoning bill, on the other hand, might get traction.
- Is an amendment preventing presidents from pardoning themselves actually necessary?
- Is the electoral college broken?
The first day of any new Congress usually consists of a mixture of self-congratulation and posturing, perhaps more so when control of a chamber changes hands. Yesterday offered both parties an opportunity to do a little of both, and both parties had rewrites of the Constitution ready to set the tone for the next two years.
For Democrats, though, the tone for the next two years looks like sour grapes over the last two years:
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tn.), a vocal critic of President Trump, on Thursday introduced two bills to eliminate the electoral college and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves or their family members.