Friday, February 26, 2010

Was the Senate's Makeup Solely a Political Bargain

Thus claims Ezra Klein:
"Finally, Will accuses liberals who are not sufficiently respectful of the Senate's undemocratic nature of believing the Founders either "dolts or knaves." This is nonsense. The Founders were trying to entice large states and small states alike into an uncertain union. They solved it as best they could. And as part of their solution, they decided that the Senate should be appointed, not elected."

This is certainly true to some extent, however, verily overstated. The disparate composition of Senate and House are largely a reflection of a balancing act our founders sought to strike between preventing the ascension of a tyrant and mob rule.

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