The electoral college may have later been “justified” with other rhetoric about the idiosyncrasies of the American system of government,
Your words, and the catalyst for my retort.
I don’t think you’re necessarily wrong. I think the effect of your stance is to render the other justifications or arguments as superficial or contrived, and I don’t think that is accurate in consideration of the range of arguments made in favor of the electoral college. Those arguments go back to the very beginning.