The left’s latest argument on the illegitimacy of American democracy is this one:
In 2016 Senate races, Democrats appear to have received SIX MILLION more votes than Republicans. We’re now a country of minority rule.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 28, 2016
It is as responsible and factual as Donald Trump’s statement that the election is rigged. It is very humorous to see good liberals become the Trump they hate.
Yes, the Democrats in the Senate did get six million more votes than the Republicans. They did so because California has a jungle primary system and in the general election there were two Democrats on the ballot and zero Republicans.
But what is really the stupidest part of the tweet is that Mark Harris claims “We’re now a country of minority rule.”
Someone might want to tell him that only one-third of the United States Senate was up for election in 2016. It is hard to claim that the election of one-third of the United States Senate means we are now a country of minority rule.
Besides, it is not even accurate in another sense. The Senate represents the states, not the people. If you look at the people’s chamber, where 100% of the members are up for re-election every two years instead of just one-third, you’d find that the Republicans collected 3.2 million more votes across the nation.
So that leaves liberals like Mark Harris scrambling back to the talking point to end all talking points — Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
But we are not a direct democracy. Our system requires that candidates for President focus on the whole nation, not just coastal liberals. The best talking point the Democrats have amounts to if the rules did not apply to Hillary Clinton, which at this point is becoming a motto for her family crest, she would be President of the United States.
Hillary Clinton largely lost the election because she thought the rules did not apply to her.