Via Paul Constant, Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation, (Wikipedia: “the only Tea Party-affiliated group to be listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center”) refuses to go quietly. From Politicus USA:
On November 19, Phillips wrote [WND link],
Is there a way to stop this? Yes, there is….
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…
As PoliticusUSA goes on to explain, this is factually incorrect — even World Nut Daily eventually published a correction. Which, needless to say, didn’t slow down the ‘blaze’ of far-right-wing chain emails promoting this totally legal and not at all chickenshite theory, because President Obama remains stubbornly… a Democrat.
Just before the election, Roll Call reported that “Disgruntled Activists May Target Electors“:
The 538 members of the Electoral College do not officially cast their votes until Dec. 18, leaving them the target of intense pressure from campaigns to influence the race for the White House after all votes are cast and the winner declared….
In 2004, about 30 percent of electors said they had been contacted to change their vote. Four years later, as online political organizing became increasingly effective, that number rose to 80 percent, Andrews found.
The campaigns often center around a particular cause. In 2000, for example, when Republican nominee George W. Bush won the electoral vote, but lost the popular vote, election reform activists urged electors to abstain in protest of the system.
In 2008, conservatives who argued that then-Sen. Barack Obama was not born in the United States targeted hundreds of Democratic electors.
Sam Spencer, a 2008 Democratic elector in North Carolina, said he received at least 30 letters questioning Obama’s eligibility and urging him to change his vote.
“It was electoral voter suppression; they were trying to suppress the vote,” Spencer said in an interview with Roll Call. “I got an odd package that had a petition and I’m thinking in the back of my mind, ‘this is the one they probably put anthrax in.’ ”…
I assume the Secret Service is on this astroturfed ‘activism’ like ugly on Rush Limbaugh, because with the GOP’s failure in both the electoral and the popular vote to reclaim “their” White House, that ‘targetting’ image may go beyond the metaphorical. As Constant correctly points out:
… Teabaggers, who remind us very frequently that they care so very much about the Constitution, are trying to use the Constitution to overthrow the results of an election. Let’s repeat: 47% of Americans voted for Mitt Romney. That’s the will of the people. What they’re talking about, in their adorable little outraged language, is basically a coup.