In a series of no-drama votes yesterday, the nation’s 538 electors were expected to cast their ballots precisely as expected: 365 for Barack Obama, 173 for John McCain (the results will not be officially tallied until January, but I have seen no reports of surprises). As a result, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nation’s 44th president on January 20, 2009.
And in other news, the Supreme Court has again refused (without comment or recorded dissent) to get involved in a challenge to Obama’s eligibility to serve as president. Last week Leo Donofrio’s “natural born citizen” case went up in flames; this week, the Court similarly denied an application by one Cort Wrotnowski that asked the Court to prevent Obama from taking office on similar grounds.
It’s well past time for that silly canard to die. Let’s hope that the Court’s persistent refusal to get involved will help.