Lansing, MI - Last Thursday, in a 65-36 vote, the Michigan
House of Representatives passed HB 6010, a bill that would enter the
state into an interstate compact to de facto abolish the Electoral
College by ensuring that the winner of the national popular vote
The vote, which came on the same day the US Senate voted against a
proposed bailout of the Detroit-based auto industry, highlighted a
growing rift between the national GOP leadership, which rallied
opposition to the bailout, and Republican legislators in Michigan.
When the U.S. Senate killed the auto industry rescue bill last
week, some conservative commentators saw it as payback for Michigan
voting the wrong way in the November election. William D. Zeranski at
the popular rightwing American Thinker site argued, "We know which way those 17 Electoral College votes will go. So, how does helping bailout the Big Three help the GOP?"
Michigan Republican leaders themselves began worrying that national
party leaders would begin ignoring state concerns after McCain lost the
Great Lakes states. As Republican pollster Steve Lombardo said after the election, "It's a matter of worry...It may be that Republicans begin to write off Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota." Of course, the writing off of all Michigan voters only makes sense politically because of the Electoral College.