The Electoral College, per se, is not what distorts the system so badly. It is the winner-takes-all method of allocating each state's electors. This tradition effectively disenfranchises the dissenting minority in every state. It also guarantees that small discrepancies in a single state may have stunning repercussions nationwide, as we saw in 2000 and 2016.
The United States Presidential election is determined by clumps of electors that are almost always awarded by winner-takes-all. Those on the victorious side will gather all the marbles, leaving the losers bitterly muttering about getting even next time. Might there be some way to acknowledge the losing minority in a presidential election, without grinding their face in humiliation, making them determined to do the same thing, when their turn comes around?
From one point of view - political effectiveness - can anybody seriously claim that Democrats can't learn a lot by analyzing the techniques - both admirable and despicable - that helped today's neocons to take over a major party, most of the media, and all three branches of the US Government?
Should Democrats Issue Their Own 'Contract with America'?
Most of us look back at the 1994 'Republican Contract With America' as a short-term political ploy fostered by Newt Gingrich. To partisan Democrats, it was an act of flagrant hypocrisy whose success draws painful memories. To the scandal-ridden GOP, the 'Contract' is a piece of history, best left to the past, unexamined.