I read that one reasons the electoral college was put into place was to keep a single tyrant, who was smooth and slick and a very good confidence man from wooing most of the population to vote for him. Shrug, I doubt that has any validity, but it could feasibly happen today couldnt it ???
Look at the money being spent, tv ads influencing the populace whether they are true or not. Yes, a con man can get to be president and could get to be president with the electoral system...but the electoral system is a buffer no matter how small.
Talk about dumb voters and voters being paid to vote...have a straight up or down vote and see the shannigans that start.