- Robert Alexander: Hamilton made the case for Electoral College, but before rise of political parties
- Electoral College was originally conceived as a fail-safe and electors chosen for "discernment," he writes
Robert M. Alexander is a professor of political science at Ohio Northern University and the author of "Presidential Electors and the Electoral College: An Examination of Lobbying, Wavering Electors and Campaigns for Faithless Votes." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Alexander Hamilton is enjoying quite an influential renaissance. The Broadway musical bearing his name received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations and took center stage of the political universe when Brandon Victor Dixon (aka Aaron Burr) made a direct appeal to Vice-President-elect Mike Pence at a performance shortly after the election.