When a rule is perceived to produce a result that makes you a loser, it is the most agitated to change it.
You have a stake in changing it.
That side has a stake in the institution.
It's impossible to find consensus for change at that point.
When a quiet appendix is not causing any trouble, there is less demand to change the rules.
We don't notice it at that time.
When change means a constitutional amendment, which is hard work even during times of passionate desire for transformation, it's not likely.
The non-swing states that generally go for one party or the other would usually have a stake in changing the Electoral College because most of them receive hardly any attention by the White House.
The twelve states that received the most attention have a stake in keeping things the same.
Candidate visits, promises, ad spending, rallies, news coverage--all those are pluses to the states that are used to figuring as the important swing states.
The electoral map shifted in subtle ways during the 2016 election.
With demographic changes it's possible that today's solid red or blue states will be tomorrow's swing states, and that gives all states a stake in waiting to see how things turn out.
The American people, who are by and large proceduralists, are willing to accept the outcome of the rules even if they don't like them or not, because they recognize that a rule-based procedural system is preferable to the alternative.
We have a stake in having rules that are seen as fair and representative of the people's will, which may be why the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact continues to gather support.
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There were accusations of fraud and misleading ballot design in the state's election results and the supreme court overruled them.
This concession speech by Al Gore, who won the popular vote even as he lost the Electoral College, highlights how elections, even as odd as that one, serve to legitimate government when people agree on the rules.
I promised George W. Bush that I wouldn't call him back after I spoke with him about becoming the 43rd president of the United States.
I offered to meet with him as soon as possible so that we could heal the divisions of the campaign and the contest that we just passed.
Senator Stephen Douglas told Abraham Lincoln that he had just defeated him for the presidency.
I say to President-elect Bush that what remains of partisan rancor must now be put aside, and may God bless his stewardship of this country.
He and I didn't anticipate this long road.
It came, and now it has ended, and must be resolved through the institutions of our democracy.
American freedom is the source of our democratic liberties.
I've tried to make it my guide throughout this contest, as it has guided America's deliberations of all the complex issues of the past five weeks.
I accept my responsibility, which I will discharge completely, to honor the new president-elect and to help him bring Americans together in fulfillment of the great vision that our Declaration of Independence defines.
I would like to say how grateful I am to everyone who supported me and supported the cause we have fought.
Tipper and I are indebted to the Liebermans who brought passion and purpose to our partnership and opened new doors for our country.
The election has been extraordinary.
One of God's unforeseen paths can point us all to a new common ground, for its very close proximity can remind us that we are one people with a shared history and a shared destiny.
There are many examples of contests that have their own challenges to the popular will.
The disputes have dragged on for weeks.
Both the victor and the vanquished have accepted the result peacefully and in the spirit of reconciliation.
Many of my supporters are disappointed.
Our love of country will overcome our disappointment.
Let's not see the contest as a sign of American weakness, I say to our fellow members of the world community.
The strength of American democracy can be seen through the difficulties it has to overcome.
The citizens of the nation will be ready to assist Bush in his large responsibilities.
I call on all Americans to unite behind our next president, because I personally will be at his disposal.
This is America.
When the stakes are high, we close ranks and come together when the contest is over.
While there will be time to debate our differences, now is the time to recognize that we are more alike than different.
We owe a higher duty to the political party than we do to ourselves.
America puts country before party.
We will support our new president.
I like what I see in America.
I'll never stop fighting for that.
My father once said that no matter how hard the loss is, it might serve to shape the soul and let the glory out.
This campaign ends as it began, with the love of Tipper and our family, with faith in God, and with gratitude to our campaign staff and volunteers, including all those who helped.