Marc Ambinder raises the possibility of Obama winning the popular vote and losing the electoral vote. But unlike 2000, it might end up being several million votes. My call is that if that happens, McCain might end up president, but there would be no way that the electoral college would last until 2012.
A peculiar side note is that there may be some ways in which the electoral college disadvantages some red states that have rapidly growing populations.
I can’t get upset about the electoral college, but it does seem oddly unmotivated, and the potential to create controversy is too great to justify retaining it. One side effect might be that electoral fraud would become a nationwide issue instead of being isolated in close-fought states.