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We already knew a long time ago that Judson Phillips and his site, Tea Party Nation, have long since forfeited any claim to be patriots.  Well, in a column for WorldNutDaily, Phillips not only proved that in spades, but also showed how completely ignorant he is of the Constitution.  Phillips claimed that there was a way to derail Obama's reelection--have the electors in the states Mitt Romney carried simply not take part when the Electoral College convenes on December 17.

According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If enough states refuse to participate, the Electoral College will not have a quorum. If the Electoral College does not have a quorum or otherwise cannot vote or decide, then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress.

The House of Representatives selects the president and the Senate selects the vice president.

Since the Republicans hold a majority in the House, presumably they would vote for Mitt Romney, and the Democrats in the Senate would vote for Joe Biden for vice president.

Phillips thinks that if the electors in at least 17 of Romney's 24 states simply boycott the vote, the Electoral College won't have a quorum, and therefore the election would be thrown to the House--which would presumably choose Romney to be president.

There's a teeny-tiny problem with that--the 12th Amendment doesn't actually state that.  Rather, it says that if there is a deadlock in the Electoral College, the House must have two thirds of the state delegations present and voting.  Phillips got this so wrong that WND was forced to append an editor's note to his column.  So Phillips is not only an extremist--he's constitutionally ignorant.

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