A fascinating snippet from a Broder thumbsucker about Bob Bennett:
At the fringe, the movement to purge him took on aspects of ideological extremism, Bennett said. “I was asked several times about my position on the 17th Amendment, providing for the direct election of senators,” he said. “They viewed that as the opening effort by Washington to usurp the power that the Constitution had placed in the hand of state legislatures.”
Have any of you heard of this criticism of the 17th Amendment before? I don’t understand how replacing a vote by a state’s legislators with a vote by the state’s citizens makes Washington more powerful.