No, Ben Sasse, repealing the 17th Amendment would not improve the U.S. Senate

From Mischiefs of Faction:

The prevailing wisdom among opponents of the 17th Amendment, who range from Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) to legal scholars and historians, is that the adoption of direct elections of U.S. Senators just simply ruined the Senate. Most recently, Sasse argued in the Wall Street Journal that this change in the election to the U.S. Senate liberated Senators to represent constituents in their own parties at the expense of states as a whole. To him, if we could only put the election of Senators back into the hands of state legislators, polarization would disappear and responsible representation would take its place.

Learn why Sen. Sasse is wrong from Wendy J. Schiller & Charles Stewart III over in Mischiefs of Faction.

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