not entirely. :evil:
i live in a very blue state also. on the map, most of it is red, but where the people clump up, they are blue. there are more clumpers. i know my state will go for obama, but there are tons of local things that i can influence. congress, state and us, judges, ballot measures, etc. the more conservative policy i can influence in my state, the better my life will be.
i like the idea of a national primary day. by the time the primary vote gets to me, the decision is done. i also like the idea of a national voting day, but that seems to have gone in the toilet with all of this early voting crap. i'm all for making accommodations for those who need them, but this idea of starting early voting a month before the election day so that people can willy nilly wander in to vote, is just a recipe for fraud. except for those who can't, everyone should show up at their polling place ON ELECTION DAY with ID and vote. i'd sure get rid of this vote by mail thing that we do here.
electoral college or not is not such a big deal to me, although i suspect that it might give the advantage to the conservatives in most elections. i don't think you can figure that out by past popular votes because there are people in states like mine, knowing their vote won't matter and not having the good sense that god gave a gnat to understand that local stuff is important...just don't bother. most people's ideology is right of center on individual issues, but they don't always vote that way. go figure.