I'm not going to speculate as to the merits of the decision, but I agree with the policy. The Senate is supposed to be a check on the fickleness of the electorate. Allowing for recalls cuts directly against that.
Last edited by RightinNYC; 11-19-10 at 11:20 PM.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Part of the reason we elect people is to make choices on our behalf which aren't popular.
Part of the reason Senators get a term of 6 years is that their duties include subjects for which they need to be further removed from popular whim -- treaties, judgeships, cabinet positions, and so on.
While recalling a Federal representative that pissed you off sounds really good in the heat of the moment, the fact is that if they have to watch for that at the same time that they're trying to do their job while pimping themselves out enough to get re-elected, they won't bother even trying to pretend to represent their constituents.
Hell, if I was a Congresscritter (Bob forbid) and my constituents were waiting for me to screw up so that they could gleefully fire me -- especially considering the bull**** that is involved in getting elected to begin with -- I'd bide my time, do nothing to draw attention to myself, then sell my vote for a high enough price that I don't care if I get recalled or not.
If I got the chance to sell it to someone whose interests directly contradicted those of my constituents, BONUS!
I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.