With seven days left, Trump resistance pins last hope on Electoral College

The problem with all this is that there has never been a large-scale defection of so-called “faithless electors” in all of American history, and there’s no reason to believe one would happen now.

The largest defection occurred in 1808, when six electors abandoned James Madison on his way to the presidency. Other than that, defections have been one elector here and one elector there. In 2004, an anonymous Democratic elector refused to vote for John Kerry, casting a vote instead for Kerry’s running mate John Edwards. In 2000, after a historically contentious election and recount in which the winner of the popular vote, Al Gore, lost in the Electoral College, just one elector defied the system. (She was a Democrat who abstained.) In 1988, a Democratic elector voted for Lloyd Bentsen instead of Michael Dukakis. In 1976, a Republican elector voted for Ronald Reagan instead of Gerald Ford. In 1972, a Nixon elector voted for the Libertarian candidate instead.

None ever changed the results of any election. And now, with Trump filling out his cabinet and preparing to take the oath, with recount efforts fizzling, and with Hillary Clinton mostly out of public view, there are supposed to be 37 electors, all for Trump, who jump into the unknown?