**Written by Doug Powers
At a Thursday fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama perfectly illustrated why the Founders included the “two U.S. Senate seats per state regardless of population” rule in the Constitution:
“Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming. That puts us at a disadvantage,” Mr. Obama said.
The Founding Fathers decided in the “Great Compromise” in 1787 to apportion House seats based on population and give each state two seats in the Senate regardless of population. The solution was a compromise between large states and small states in a dispute that nearly dissolved the Constitutional Convention.
The president also blamed “demographics” for the inability of the Democratic Party to gain more power in Congress, saying Democrats “tend to congregate a little more densely” in cities such as New York and Chicago. He said it gives Republicans disproportional clout in Congress.
“So there are some structural reasons why, despite the fact that Republican ideas are largely rejected by the public, it’s still hard for us to break through,” Mr. Obama said.
In other words, “it’s a real problem for us that the Founders gave a bunch of backwards country hicks in flyover states certain protections from out-of-control enlightened coastal and big city liberal elites.” Ironic to hear precisely the kind of mindset that inspired Founders to include that protection in the Constitution complain about how unnecessary it is.
This isn’t really a new topic for Obama. A week earlier he “joked” about convincing big city libs to move to red states:
At a fundraiser in New York City on Wednesday night, Obama told a story about a woman in Brooklyn who asked what more she could do to help the president.
“And I said – ‘move to North Dakota,'” Obama joked.
As the crowd laughed, Obama explained that “If I could just get about a million excess votes in Brooklyn out to Nebraska (or) Wyoming, we’d be doing okay – I don’t need 80% of the vote here.”
**Written by Doug Powers
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