August 14, 2012
SOME SENATE CANDIDATES talk about repealing the 17th Amendment.
How would the Senate look without Senators elected by voters?
Before the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, that’s exactly how it worked, with increasingly corrupt state legislatures picking Senators.
While there’s no chance of the amendment being repealed, a small number of Republican Senate candidates are coming under fire for even broaching the subject.
So now instead of increasingly corrupt state legislators, we have increasingly corrupt U.S. Senators. . . .
UPDATE: Jim Bennett emails: “Did a state legislature ever pick anyone worse than Jon Corzine?”