Originally Posted by Saintslfc13
This is probably the best idea for electoral reform I've read in quite some time. Certainly better than the idea of a National Popular Vote.
I think the Congressional District Method is the right balance between representing the will of the people AND providing an equalizing force between the states (while actually simultaneously increasing the President's "political capital" that he carries away from the election).
Unfortunately there are a lot of temptations for both parties to keep the current system. The GOP, which controls both houses and the governorship in Pennsylvania floated this idea last year, and it fizzled out, despite the fact that PA has gone blue five straight elections. They had complete control of the state government and the incentive to do it (under the proposed bill, Obama would have won only 11 EVs rather than the 21 he really did) and yet they still couldn't muster the political power to do it.
The NYTimes' excellent blog, FiveThirtyEight, covered the issues very well:
Pennsylvania Electoral College Plan Could Backfire on G.O.P. - NYTimes.com