I *love* the Electoral College. I think it is brilliant. The only things I'd change is actually removing individual human electors from the mix to eliminate faithless electors and idiots who incorrectly fill in their ballot and give EC votes to John Edwards like one moron from Minn did in 2004.
But it would be sweet justice if the popular vote idea swung the EC to Romney. :)
The problem with the idea now is I know people that don't vote in Texas because it doesn't matter. Texas will go all for Romney. I imagine Democrats in CA feel similar.
It makes the popular vote a poor and invalid metric.