In Praise of Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll

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Nov. 27 2012 4:06 PM

In Praise of Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll

This is obviously the best story of the day.

A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that’s been circulating on tea party blogs, calling for states that supported Mitt Romney to refuse to participate in the Electoral College in a move backers believe would change the election result... Constitutional scholar David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, said the plan is not “totally constitutional,” as touted in the article, but is instead “a radical, revolutionary proposal that has no basis in federal law or the architecture of the Constitution.”

It wouldn't, because there is no quorum requirement for the electoral college. (The college itself does not actually "meet," which would make it tough to form a quorum anyway.) But there is no great trend here, of angry Republicans looking for illegal ways to deny the presidency to Barack Obama.

Backers resurrected a tuned-down version that orders government not to implement "discretionary" parts of the federal insurance overhaul which they believe will undermine America.
"It takes away our right to choose our doctor, sets up death panels, (and) sets up a wealth of programs in the home to take our children away from us, which is the same way the Nazis did," Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, said during debate on the Senate floor last week.
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That's Sheryl Nuxoll, everybody.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.