Our rule of thumb about public policy is that conservatives have mastered POLICY and the lefties have mastered POLITICS.
Nowhere is that more nakedly obvious than when it comes to elections. Liberals’ successful strategy has been if they can’t win elections, then just change the rules.
That helps explain the Left’s successful push to expand mail-in voting, partisan ballot harvesting, and allowing people to register and vote on Election Day. Their energies this year focused on getting the public to approve crazy ranked-choice voting schemes. They succeeded in Nevada, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, bankrolled in part by now disgraced FSX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
The Left now wants to change the voting age and allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballots. Last year, a MAJORITY of the House Democratic Caucus voted to allow them to vote in federal elections. Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed the idea.
This week, Boston’s city council is due to support lowering the voting age for city offices.
There is no limit to how imaginative the Left can be. The Public Interest Legal Foundation is suing Howard County, Maryland to block its law allowing a member of the school board to be elected by sixth through 11th-grade students. A student is typically 11 or 12 years old and in sixth grade.
If the Left’s unwise or harebrained election ideas keep getting adopted we’ll wake up one day wondering how the country has been completely transformed.