“The election of the next President is not yet a done deal,” said Texas Republican Christopher Suprun, one of the 538 members of the Electoral College, in a New York Times op-ed. “Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative.”
Making news for what he wouldn’t do, Mr. Suprun said that when the electors convene in a couple weeks, he won’t vote for Trump because the Donald “has repeatedly shown himself to be unqualified.”
What a principled stand. Suprun sounds sane, until he says who he will vote for. “Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be.”
Voting for Kasich—who could only win one state, his own, Ohio, and by less than 50 percent—over the most qualified person to run for the office ever, who coincidentally got more than 2.5 million votes more than Trump and 64,654,483 more votes than Kasich, is patently absurd to anyone not drunk by GOP lore as appears Christopher Suprun is. And to be clear, Mr. Suprun hedges his vote, saying it should be someone honorable and qualified—whereupon he names Kasich— but others like Jeb! Bush fit that bill, too.
The person who does meet Suprun’s qualifications, and who electors should unify behind if they really take Alexander Hamilton’s ideas seriously, is none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton. For the record, she did win the Democratic primary season over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders going away. Then she went on to win the national popular vote in a landslide.
Meanwhile, Buckeye water boys for Kasich, and the corporate media they work for, remain in love with Ohio’s soundly defeated governor. Kasich’s name being “floated” as the candidate to unify behind is big news to them. Not anywhere but Ohio, boys. No matter how many times you close your eyes and click your heels, Gov. Kasich won’t become President Kasich. He shot his wad and it wasn’t much of a wad after all.
Gov. Kasich is a term-limited lame duck officeholder who has essentially gone into hiding. Don’t expect him to hold a press conference anytime soon, more like never. He’ll probably stiff the Associated Press again at its next media day by not showing up as he did last year.
More to the point, he may no longer be able to unify even his own super friendly Republican legislature, now that it has veto override power that could send him out the door in less than glorious style.