According to CNN, Obama will win the electoral college vote, though Romney is winning the popular vote.
Suppose this holds in the final results. Then remember the 2000 election, when Bush won the electoral college and lost the popular vote.
We potentially have here a wonderful partisan integrity test. I doubt this will hold, but how revealing of the political commentariat this would be if it did. How many pundits would switch sides on the electoral college’s merits based on their partisan preferences? My guess is that a majority of both sides’ windbags would switch sides almost instantly.
As it is, the House and Senate are projected to remain in GOP and Democratic hands, respectively. Assuming Obama wins, we have absolutely no change.
Inertia wins. The iron law of politics.