Since I’ve been paying attention to American politics, I’ve always been fascinated by politicians who are seemingly universally disliked but still seem to win election after election after election.
As a representative republic, it’s by design that we all vote for the person we want to represent our state or district. It’s one of the foundations of our Constitution and a great way to make sure we all have some sort of say.
But imagine if we changed the rules. What if we made it so everyone was allowed to vote for one Senator and one Congressperson, but you got to pick in which election you would vote.
For example, I get to vote for one Senator, but I can pick which. So I could pick the Senator in my own state, or I could choose whichever active Senate election I wanted.
If I wanted to vote against Mitt Romney or Mitch McConnell when they’re up for reelection, I could. (Though, I’d have to pick only one of those two elections.)
Let’s say you would like nothing more than to vote against Nancy Pelosi. Under this structure, you could. Everyone could.
Sure this would entirely unconstitutional, but can you imagine how fun this would be. For everybody.
First, elections would be absolutely impossible to predict. Participation would probably skyrocket. Nancy Pelosi would probably lose by about 100,000,000 votes. Some elections could have millions of voters, while others may have a few hundred.
There would be no way of telling which candidates would get a fantastic amount of voter attention and which ones would get only a few votes.
Second, there’s be no way to predict which party would take the House and Senate every single election. You just couldn’t know which candidates would receive a wave of support or rejection. Some unpopular candidates could literally get millions of votes against them with only a few hundred thousand for them.
This would also solve term limits. People who’ve been in Congress forever would continue to garner more and more attention until one of the two parties decided to make an effort to remove them.
And can you imagine what campaigning would be like? Sure, Senators and Representatives are there to represent their district, but they’d also be inclined to make sure they’re serving the country, as well.
Obviously, this could never happen because it would blow away the concept of representation (mostly), but it sure would remove the need for political pundits. They already don’t know what they’re talking about. If you introduce this approach, they’d be as useless as a weather forecaster in Seattle.