Colbert Dings Pileggi on Electoral Plan (Watch Video)
The Colbert Report
Stephen Colbert highlighted Pa. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi on Tuesday as part of a riff on GOP efforts to mitigate Democrats’ presidential advantage in a handful of blue states.
He quoted the Patriot News, “Pileggi argues that the winner-take-all system is inherently unfair because the losing party… gets no credit in the electoral count.”
It was not a perfect zinger. The plan Colbert criticized doesn’t actually have anything to do with congressional districts. Instead, Pileggi would allocate Pa.’s 20 electoral college votes according to vote percentage (plus 2 for the statewide winner). The Senator introduced a congressional-based plan in 2011 but has since backed away from it.
Pileggi (R-Delaware) pointed that out to Colbert on Twitter:
— Sen. Dominic Pileggi (@SenatorPileggi) January 23, 2013
(Colbert also says Pih-LEGG-ee, rather than Pil-EDGE-ee, but we digress).
However, the issue isn’t dead. Earlier this month a few state House Republicans introduced a congressional district-based electoral college bill, precisely what Colbert lampooned.
Fun side note: Pileggi isn’t the first Republican leader in the Pa. state legislature that Colbert has singled out. See Mike Turzai.