I think I have found The Answer -- or an answer, which is about as much as one can hope.
We were kickin' around the Electoral College today, bemoaning the States that have pledged their delegates to follow the popular vote, which is a bad idea in many ways (some states would even compel following the national popular vote; so much for your state's voice, hey?). We floated some alternative suggestions -- pick electors by pullin' names from a hat, have 'em pick who to vote for by pulling candidate's names from a hat, etc. -- when it occurred to me:
We've got states in dire need of money, right?
Electors increasingly don't have to make up their own minds, just do as the vox pop. tells 'em.
So why not auction off the position? It'd be a real godsend for California, even helpful here in Indiana, where the State .gov is trying to live within its freshly-reduced means. Why not?
Sure, there's some risk of a wealthy person or group buyin' the election but this is claimed every election anyway -- might as well make it official!
Auction off seats on the Electoral College! Do it for the children!
Update: Scary video from some goofball.
More Update: D'ye suppose I could get Tam to make this a plank of the "No We Can't" party of grownups?
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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