November 2016. Hillary v. Trump:
Hillary wins the popular vote.
Trump wins the Electoral College count.
(Or for that matter, Trump wins both.)
A number of Electoral College electors have a rare moment of moral clarity (or more likely, the dawning realization they’re about to crown a wigged Globster) and say “fuck party pledge/state law. I’m going rogue“. They become so-called “faithless electors” and cast their vote for Hillary.
Looking at some of the latest latest Electoral College projection charts I don’t think this little comedy will play out. Which means neither will the attendant Civil War. But it’s nice to think about.
BTW and FWIW, I myself have never, not once, not ever, voted in an election. Nor will I ever until we abolish the Electoral College system in favor of the popular vote. Which means I probably will go to my grave never having voted, of course.
But it’s nice to think about….