This is getting serious.
I’m not talking about the nightmare scenarios being spun about by law professors, most of whom, respectfully, have never walked a precinct.
The states will finish their counts, certify them and send the electors who are pledged to the winner to the Electoral College.
Well before the election, in a lengthy parade of horribles that would never happen (as opposed to horribles that can and do happen), a writer suggested that Wisconsin might ignore a Joe Biden victory in that state and instead, by vote of the state legislature, send a delegation committed to voting for President Donald Trump.
Could it happen? Maybe in a law-school hypothetical. Not in real life, not if anyone in Wisconsin ever wants to hold public office again. The electors would be thrown out, along with the Legislature. In fact, hours after the rumor was printed in The Atlantic, it was denied by everyone from the governor to the most junior state legislator. Historically, faithless electors have popped up on occasion but never come close to reversing an election.
This was not a close election. In 2000, the election turned on hundreds of ballots in a single state. No such luck here. Biden’s margins are plenty wide enough to get him to 270 electoral votes without a sweat. This isn’t 2016. Some states were very close. The popular vote, not so much.