The Senate is the choke point of the federal government. Some of this is by design (long election cycles and small state favoritism), some is just an accident of history (the filibuster is a procedural loophole that wasn’t recognized until many years after the rule that prevented unlimited talking was scrapped) and some is self-inflicted (the senate no longer requires Senators to actually talk in order to filibuster). A compounding but rarely considered defect is the election of senators via two separate winner-take-all races, which effectively doubles the representation of a state’s majority party. …

William C Dobbins

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