In Federalist No. 68 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., Hamilton sings the praises of the plan devised at the Constitutional Convention for choosing a president. “[I]f the manner of it be not perfect,” he writes, “it is at least excellent.” The language is archaic, but the substance and structure form a model argument. Hamilton identifies the goals he thinks are appropriate: desirable properties of the election process and desirable qualities of the presidents it will produce. And he connects these with elements of the procedure prescribed in the Constitution, arguing that the Constitutional plan promotes the appropriate goals and—implicitly, at least—that different plans would not work as well.
Write an essay of 1000-1400 words that explicates Hamilton’s argument. What procedural and substantive goals does Hamilton prioritize? And how does the Constitutional plan, according to Hamilton, ensure that those goals are met?