This op-doc appeared in the NYT a month ago. The seven-minute video succinctly sums up everything that is wrong and perverse about the way Americans elect their president. A truly terrible system the Electoral College. Will it ever be abolished? Only if the Republicans lose two elections in a row while winning the popular vote. Hopefully that will happen at some point down the historical road, though hopefully not today.
UPDATE: Alex Pareene in Salon says “Let’s kill the electoral college so we never have to pay attention to Ohio and Florida again.” Amen.
2nd UPDATE: Timothy Noah writes in TNR that “No matter who wins today, the Electoral College has to go.” Évidemment.
3rd UPDATE: The well-known constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar, who teaches at Yale Law School, explains, in Time magazine (Nov. 10, 2016), the troubling reason the Electoral College exists: slavery.