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Saturday, November 07, 2009

I've become extremely disillusioned about the existence of the U.S. Senate lately, so I'm gratified to see anti-Senate sentiment taking hold in well-read publications like The Nation and The New Yorker. The focus in both pieces is on the filibuster and other strategies of obstruction, but, as I've argued, the structural problem is much more fundamental than that; any system of representation that undercounts New York by a third and California by a sixth while overrepesenting each of Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont, and the Dakotas by 1000% is in deep need of repair.