There are many pro and con reasons for instituting term limits for politicians. It seems to work well on the executive side with most governorships having some sort of term limits. I’m still up in the air whether just the 2-term limit is too short, but Virginia’s 1-term is definitely too short; the governor, even if they’re so good, does not have a chance continue that work. A president for two terms seems to have worked out well. (The two-term presidency was informally instituted by George Washington by tradition and formalized after FDR’s 4 terms in office.) Continue reading
With the election (basically) done, it’s really interesting how party label does not always determine which party the leader will be. The New York Senate‘s leadership is always unknown, as written by the article by Tim Storey (The Thicket | “Leadership Intrigue”). There always seem to be some rogue Democrats threatening (and actually) caucusing with the Republicans, but it seems that there might be a 3rd caucus. (Wow, so much drama.) I don’t know if they’re standing up for their principles or just being power-hungry, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly the latter. This is almost as exciting as when Kent Williams became Speaker of the House of the Tennessee legislature (The Tennessean | “How Kent Williams…” & Nashville Business Journal | “Tennessee Legislature…”).
The national legislature (US Congress) is another matter. Basically, the status quo rules with only minor changes in the lower rungs of the leadership of both houses (Politico | “Senate Leadership…”). Yawn.
Sorry for the short blog post. I just got back to CA from IN for the Thanksgiving Break and am trying to recuperate from jet lag and such and also reverting back to my super-objective news mode for a little bit.
- State GOP backs former House Speaker Kent Williams’ opponent (knoxnews.com)
- The Obligatory Kent Williams Post (dancleary.typepad.com)
- Leadership intrigue…and more cool maps (ncsl.typepad.com)
- Notable Statewide Results (naivepolitico.wordpress.com)
- ‘Super-majority’ for GOP assured in Legislature (knoxnews.com)
- GOP gains superiority in Tennessee legislature (timesfreepress.com)
Do we really need to pick presidents because one state says so? I realize that in our federalist system, states want to pick their presidents their own way, and that state parties in those states want to pick the nominees of their parties their own way, but why is it that Iowa has such an out-sized importance? Yes, I also know that they have burdened themselves with doing the vetting process, but this person from California would like to vet them myself. Why do Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina have to be the first nominating caucus, first primary, first-in-the-west, and first-in-the-south, respectively? I know this post just has questions, but I really wonder why. California, Texas, and New York should through their weight/population around to become more important just like Florida has. Or there should be a lot more bonus delegates awarded to those later states, not just the offending states to
lose half its convention delegates and be subject to other penalties.
This might be a biased opinion, but I am just trying to show my concern for a process which would seem undemocratic to any other country.
Additionally, I think that it is hilarious that Nevada has been getting so much bad publicity lately. Romney wanted to tether Nevada’s contest to New Hampshire so that they would presumably win two in a row after a perceived loss in Iowa. There wasn’t this much trouble with two parties last year, and the fact that it’s really just one party fighting it out makes the Republicans look inept, or look like they’re playing politics dirty as suggested by the Politico article “Nevada’s 2012 Primary Calendar Chaos: A Guide”. I really have to laugh because this is so ridiculous. There has been so much airtime on the positioning of the nominating contests that it has detracted from asking the candidates about the issues. And if Nevada just bowed down to mighty Florida, then everything might have been avoided (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66621.html). Well, I’m sure something else would have come up in place.