VOX Says US Senate Should be Abolished
Ezra Klein’s crack team at VOX.com apparently skipped Civics 101. They’re just beside themselves over the fact that each state gets two US Senators. Funny how this never came up during the years the Democrats controlled the senate. All of a sudden, this is an issue. What changed recently?
The Senate’s 46 Democrats got 20 million more votes than its 54 Republicans
On Tuesday, 33 US senators elected in November will be sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden — including 12 who are new to the chamber. The class includes 22 Republicans and 11 Democrats, a big reason why the GOP has a 54-46 majority in the Senate overall.
But here’s a crazy fact: those 46 Democrats got more votes than the 54 Republicans across the 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections…
This doesn’t mean that the Republican majority is illegitimate or anything like that. Indeed, after 2008 and 2012, the tables were turned: Democrats had more Senate seats than their vote share suggested they should. The problem isn’t that the deck is stacked in favor of Republicans. The problem is that the deck is stacked in favor of small states, which receive equal representation in the Senate despite dramatic variance in population. The Senate is a profoundly anti-democratic body and should be abolished.
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