Rose, thank you for posting the interesting article. Earlier today I had signed a petition to do exactly what that article is suggesting--trying to sway the electoral college so that the orange hair wouldn't become POTUS.
But I did ask someone who has expertise in history and political science about the possibility that this could work. The answer was that the petition is a waste of time because the electors are usually very carefully chosen to make sure that they'll vote the way they've been pledged to vote--and for those electors, the chance to be casting this vote is a big deal. It's a moment in their lives when they know they're important.
They're not about to throw that moment away by being "faithless" electors.
I'm not so sure that this time it's a waste of time to try, though. This is truly an extraordinary case.
As for the meeting between Obama and Trump, I watched part of an analysis of that meeting on BBC News, noting that Obama was really very tense though he wasn't giving way to the tension. It must have been a very difficult situation for him, to put it mildly--after all that Trump has said about him.
They have to be hypocritical. Neither of them wants anyone panicking. Some segments of the population might be on edge right now, and there could be serious disturbances. There have been street demonstrations, and nobody wants them getting violent.
They want everyone to rest assured that the transition will be smooth and life will go on. I'm glad that they've both been able at least to pretend that the animosities of the campaign are in the past.
Trying to make sure that nobody gets hurt comes ahead of any dislike of hypocrisy sometimes.
Take heart, friends. This country has a strong Constitution which has some good safeguards built into it. If the man with the orange hair is as nearly demented as he has sometimes seemed, he may not last long. Or he will be surrounded by advisers who will keep the lid on him.
I understand that President Reagan was showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease while in office but the public was unaware of how badly affected he was because those closest to him were adept at covering up the bad moments and trying to make sure that he didn't make too many blunders.
We survived him. And there have been quite a few other inept or clueless Presidents.