This last-ditch idea has made the tea party rounds since Nov. 6. If red states boycott the Electoral College results, they could stymie the re-election of Barack Obama and allow a Republican-controlled House of Representatives to elect Mitt Romney.
A North Idaho state senator gave the idea some legs recently by floating it on social media.
Here's an excerpt from a weekend column from the Spokane Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell:
Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, sent an article out on Twitter headed, “A ‘last chance’ to have Mitt Romney as President in January (it’s still not too late).”
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.”
Adler dubbed it “really a strange and bizarre fantasy.”
Nuxoll said, “Well, I guess that’s one lawyer.”
Last week, World Net Daily published a column from Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, advancing the boycott idea. The article now appears with the following editor's note: "Since this column was posted it has been discovered that the premise presented about the Electoral College and the Constitution is in error. According to the 12th Amendment, a two-thirds quorum is required in the House of Representatives, not the Electoral College."
As another famous presidential candidate once said, "Oops."