Hotter seats

Smitty, no fan of the Seventeenth Amendment — this is the one that took selection of Senators away from the state legislatures — once came up with a scheme to correct the presumed imbalance of power caused by the Seventeenth. It went something like this:

Every Congress must win approval from two thirds of the state legislatures in the 18th month of the Congress, or none of the members of the Congress are permitted to run for re-election for their current seat.

Let’s see. What’s two-thirds of 57?

I have some qualms about this proposal in the current environment: a Congress bent on austerity — yeah, like that’s going to happen — might be marked for extinction by states overwhelmed by deficits and desperate for handouts, or a small number of staggeringly-unpopular individuals could bring down the whole system.

Let’s test the latter premise. Would you, as a state legislator, vote to dissolve a Congress just to get rid of [fill in name of Congressional pariah]?

  1. Yes
  2. Hell, yes

I thought as much. So apparently this idea has some redeeming social value after all.



  1. Gina »

    2 November 2010 · 9:06 am

    I’d have to go with B. Just saying!

  2. jenn1964 »

    3 November 2010 · 9:01 am

    I’m no fan of the 17th amendment either but like many of the ideas floated at The Other McCain and Daily Pundit this one is unworkable. All it would lead to would be an even more protracted campaign season as Congress immediately shifted to trying to convince legislatures to vote approval. Just repeal the stinking 17th amendment.

    (The 17th amendment is a perfect example of why I think populist movements such as the Tea Party are inherently dangerous. They make bad law in anger and then you are stuck with it)

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  4. Charles Pergiel »

    3 November 2010 · 6:07 pm

    Two thirds of 57 is 38, but why do we care? Did somebody claim we have 57 states? Seems I remember Obama made some goofball error along those lines. Or maybe we’re talking about Heinz here. That’s two misses for me today and I’m not happy about it.

  5. CGHill »

    3 November 2010 · 6:48 pm

    Seems I remember Obama made some goofball error along those lines.

    And we intend to see that you continue to remember it.

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