At first I was feeling ashamed of my country for choosing a lying narcissistic ignoramus as its president but I cheered up when I checked the paper. In fact, we didn’t. Hilary won the popular vote—what in other countries they just call “the vote”—by around 400,000 votes. So congratulations America. We chose the diligent professional idealist after all. Not by much. Gore beat Bush by around 500,000, but a lot more than Kennedy beat Nixon by. Of course, Trump will still be president courtesy of the Electoral College. Thanks Alexander Hamilton. The body that was supposed to be a final check on the impulsiveness of the mob will instead subvert the will of the people by blindly casting their ballots for the winner of their state’s contest. This was not what Hamilton had in mind. He thought they would be a body of informed citizens who would ratify and clarify the opinion of the people. He was indignant later in life when the College simply passed on their states’ vote totals as they do now. It was not what he intended. So we have the worst of both worlds. The College neither underwrites the will of the people nor deliberates wisely. And the minority gets the win. Only in America.
(But Hillary still won, so though our system stinks, at least we’re not idiots.)