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  •  Well, you know (0+ / 0-)

    Hard to say. They would essentially put themselves out there as opposing the popular vote of the entire nation. Would they really put themselves out there like that, and how long could they keep it up before they get voted out and replaced by someone who won't stand in the way?

    •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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      They'd be supporting their state's continued clout, as well as the partisan interests of the folks who elected them.  The whole nation doesn't vote on their reelection.

      •  I'm not trying to say it would happen (0+ / 0-)

        I thought the original argument was whether or not the NPV is a compact, which, you know, so what if it is, that doesn't make it unconstitutional. But in the end, we won't really know unless it gets implemented, because it would probably be up to the Supreme Court.

        •  And what I'm saying (0+ / 0-)

          Your prediction about what Congress would do is likely wrong.

          •  Yeah I can't claim to know otherwise. n/t (0+ / 0-)
            •  Congress's approval MAYBE NOT required. (3+ / 0-)
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              pierre9045, codairem, Cream Puff

              From, you guessed it, Wikipedia:

              Possible need for congressional approval

              It is possible that Congress would have to approve the NPVIC before it could go into effect. Article I, Section 10 of the US Constitution states that

              No State shall, without the Consent of Congress . . . enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power.
              The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Virginia v. Tennessee, 148 U.S. 503 (1893), and several more recent cases, that such consent is not necessary except where a compact encroaches on federal supremacy.[41] Every Vote Equal argues that the compact could never encroach upon federal power since the Constitution explicitly gives the power of casting electoral votes to the states, not the federal government. Derek Muller, an opponent of the compact, argues that the NPVIC would nonetheless affect the federal system in such a way that it requires Congressional approval.[42] Regardless, supporters of the NPVIC plan to seek congressional approval if the compact is approved by a sufficient number of states.[43]

              "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

              by HeyMikey on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 10:27:04 AM PST

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