OLYMPIA -- The next president of the United States will be elected today.
Barring some real skullduggery so remote it can't be mapped out here, that will be Barack Obama.
What? You thought Obama was re-elected more than a month ago? It was in all the papers, and on all the cable news networks -- even Fox News after Karl Rove calmed down?
Not exactly. That was the general election, but the president, as you will recall from junior high civics, is elected by the Electoral College.
The EC, as its closest friends call it, meets today. Not in one place, but in state capitals all over the nation. In Washington, they will meet in the State Reception Room at noon, where they are expected to cast the state's 12 votes for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.