college was supposed to be made up of representatives chosen by the rich
and influential of each state to get together to discuss and then
choose the next President and Vice President.
I think that where the framers went wrong is thinking that the rich and influential would resist a dictatorship. Instead, many of them, stupidly*, seem to want a dictatorship.
* Stupid, because they think that their wealth will protect them and that their wealth will be protected. They look at Russian oligarchs with their fabulous wealth, but ignore the inconvenient fact that the wealth of the oligarchs is subject to the whims of Putin.