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Tea Party Electoral College plan to prevent President Obama re-election implausible

11:02 AM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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David Jackson, USA TODAY 

Some Tea Party members have talked about efforts to block President Obama's re-election at the Electoral College -- but their idea won't work.

Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, wrote a column for WorldNetDaily suggesting that states that voted for Romney in the Nov. 6 election boycott next month's meeting of the Electoral College -- theoretically denying a quorum, theoretically pushing the election into the Republican-run House of Representatives, theoretically electing Republican candidate Mitt Romney after all.

But no more than theoretically.

Constitutional scholars note that even if a state boycott is possible -- highly doubtful -- the Electoral College does not require a quorum. And Obama would still get 332 electoral votes, more than enough to claim a second term in the White House.

Even WorldNetDaily appended an editor's note to Phillips' column: "Since this column was posted it has been discovered that the premise presented about the Electoral College and the Constitution is in error. According to the 12th Amendment, a two-thirds quorum is required in the House of Representatives, not the Electoral College."

Some of Obama's opponents are just going to have to get used to the idea that he has another four years in office.

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