This is not idle speculation. The chairman of the RNC endorses it. Such a plan is clearing hurdles in Virginia. Maine and Nebraska have cast their electoral college vote in the way for several elections. It is legal. It is being introduced in Pennsylvania and, I believe, Michigan.
One would think that such a move would be so far outside the norms of our political tradition that it could not happen. But look at what has occurred in Wisconsin and Michigan already. Michigan, the home of the auto industry, Walter Reuther and the UAW is now a "right to work" state.
Were it to be enacted, it would be a legal hijacking of the democratic process -- not in some obscure procedure, but at the place where more Americans participate than any other. It is naked and transparent and justified by no other principle other than the GOP's desire to win.
It will either succeed, or it will fail, because of massive levels of resistance, greater than what we have seen in Madison and Lansing and Ohio. Will UU churches, congregations and ministers be a part of that resistance?
Or will Unitarian Universalism, which went to Selma for the right of African Americans to vote in the South, retain its political neutrality when the power of everyone's vote is diluted by one of the two parties?