To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, “If you complain the US isn’t democratic enough, you
just might be living in a country designed by geniuses and run by idiots.”
This is an exploration of the document from the Transition Integrity Project, “Preventing a Disrupted Presidential Election and Transition.” The 22 page .pdf is currently available at:
The TIP pretends to be unbiased but is rabidly anti-Trump, anti-constitution, and anti-America as founded. An easy example is in a footnote on page 3 (the start of the actual text of their study). “TIP recognizes and shares the view that the Electoral College is profoundly anti-democratic, and that numerous long-standing practices also function to create structural biases in our voting system. For present purposes, however, these constraints are treated as givens.”
The electoral college, like all of the constitutional government, is designed to balance the rights of less populated states with the higher population states. Our legislative branch has a House of Representatives, with the number of representatives proportional to the population of the state, and a Senate where every state gets the same number of senators. In the electoral college, each state has a number of electors equal to the number of its representatives and senators; there are an additional three electors appointed to Washington D.C.; as if they were the least populous state. Currently, there are 538 electors; with the mass flight out of New York and California, perhaps their numbers of electors go down and destination states get more.
As best as could be agreed upon, every aspect of the constitution is written to protect the rights of the minority while having majority rule. Every gunnie I’ve ever talked with about it knows the axiom, “Democracy is two wolves and sheep voting on what’s for dinner.” A simple majority-rule system with none of the constitutional protections offers just that much protection of minority opinions on policies. Calling for the country to abolish the electoral college for being anti-democratic is simply saying they want all the power for themselves.
But that's not what TIP is about. TIP did a classic DC thing and had politicians role play four scenarios for the election. It should go without saying that with people pretending to be other people, the results are not likely to be exactly what the people being modeled would really do in the scenarios, but simply illustrates how the players viewed the situations.
The four scenarios were developed after a consultative process involving outreach to experts on elections and transitions, political violence and instability, governance, and scenario planning and game design. Each of the four scenarios developed was different. (See Appendix B for a summary of the scenarios and key actions.) In one scenario, the exercise posited that the winner of the election was not known as of the morning after the election and the outcome of the race was too close to predict with certainty; in another, the exercise began with the premise that Democratic party candidate Joe Biden won the popular vote and the Electoral College by a healthy margin; and in a third, the exercise assumed that President Trump won the Electoral College vote but again lost the popular vote by a healthy margin. The fourth exercise began with the premise that Biden won both the popular vote and the Electoral College by a narrow margin.
...the country was in the midst of a full-blown constitutional crisis characterized by: 1) Political chaos; 2) Widespread threats of violence, and sporadic actual violence in the streets; and 4) A hostile, dangerous, highly-partisan, and frequently unconstrained information and media environment.
One of the most consequential moves was that Team Biden on January 6 provoked a breakdown in the joint session of Congress by getting the House of Representatives to agree to award the presidency to Biden (based on the alternative pro-Biden submissions sent by pro-Biden governors). Pence and the GOP refused to accept this, declaring instead that Trump was reelected under the Constitution because of his Electoral College victory. This partisan division remained unresolved because neither side backed down, and January 20 arrived without a single president-elect entitled to be Commander-in-Chief after noon that day. It was unclear what the military would do in this situation.