Drawing heavily on Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Paper No. 68, commentator Keith Olbermann pounded home the idea that the members of the Electoral College committed to President-elect Donald Trump don't need to walk in lock-step and vote for him when they convene next week.
Reading from Hamilton's work, Olbermann quoted:
"Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?"
Making the obvious connection to reports that the Russians had a hand in getting Trump elected, Olbermann made his case.
"If The Electoral college is still not what Hamilton described, it is still what Hamilton intended," Olbermann explained. "It is there to weed out the unqualified, the unprincipled, the merely famous. And specialty to weed out 'a creature' of foreign powers. Or, in Donald Trump's case, all of the above."
Olbermann asserted that Trump should admit Russian involvement in the election and demand that his electors vote for Clinton or a moderate Republican as a sign of patriotism.
"Would it be an act of victory over the Russians who committed an act of war against us by interfering with our election?" he stated. "Would it be defense against Trump and this banana Republican government of his which will turn the world over to Vladimir Putin and, oh by the way, end our democracy? Before you answer that, answer this: We can't have Clinton, Alexander Hamilton is dead, and the alternative is an unelected dictator. Would you now trade Donald Trump for a President Mitt Romney,a President John McCain or a President Evan McMullin? Me? In a heartbeat!"
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NEW: Electoral College exists specifically to stop a foreign power from electing "a creature of its own." Do it. Now pic.twitter.com/lBCaVnXy3o— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 15, 2016