Making fun of Zell Miller is far too obvious at this point, but I can’t resist commenting on Zell’s latest foray into rewriting the Constitution. Miller now suggests that we should repeal the 17th Amendment, which declares that Senators should be elected rather than appointed by state legislatures. Miller suggests that special interests have far too much control over elections (so, Zell, any significance to the fact that you were appointed, not elected?), so instead of trusting the people to vote for Senators, Miller suggests that state legislators, a group well-known for being above influence by lobbyists and special interests, should take on this privilege. Miller comments (and, no I’m not making this up):
“The individuals are not so much at fault as the rotten and decaying foundation of what is no longer a republic,” Miller said on the Senate floor. “It is the system that stinks. And it’s only going to get worse because that perfect balance our brilliant Founding Fathers put in place in 1787 no longer exists.”
You know, Zell’s too easy a target at this point, and to give him credit, he was an ardent supporteer of campaign finance reform. But I really don’t understand the logic here. Not that I really want to understand how Miller’s mind works (via Atrios).