Kevin Drum talk term limits. He doesn’t like em. I like em. But I dislike the hard cutoff of “two terms and your out!” I’d prefer something a little sexier.
So how about handicapping incumbents with an ever-increasing headwind:
votes = votes * log(50 – years_in_office) / log(50)
After 40 years, you only receive 60% of your raw vote total. Nobody will make it to 50 years.
Of course you can adjust those 50s to taste.
Plus, it will finally achieve what decades of school curricula have failed to do: link civics and algebra.
Benghazi was a lot like Whitewater, in that it never even made any sense. The Clintons are being accused of corruption so nefarious that they lost money on a land deal? What?
Of course Whitewater led to son of Whitewater, and third cousin 7 times removed from Whitewater, etc. Maybe that ultimately was the goal of the Benghazi Show.
The points of Benghazi!!!!™ include:
- Rally The Base. Keep the rubes riled and donating.
- Work The Refs. Keep the press distracted by the allegations so they won’t be able to talk about anything the Dems might want to talk about.
- Where There’s Smoke There’s FUD. Create Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt because as long as there are ‘questions’ and ‘controversy’ and someone says ‘scandal’ near ‘Obama’, a non-trivial number of people will assume there must be something to the allegations. That helps depress squishy Dem-leaning voters.
- Digging In The Dirt. Having cover to launch a few Congressional investigations that could maybe turn up something real was a nice benefit, too. Never know where you might find another Lewinski. And they sound ominous even if they don’t.
And since the press doesn’t care about things that end with a whimper, the FUD will linger forever. 30 years from now, people will still believe all the GOP’s lies and distortions.
The Dems might consider getting into this game sometime.
Let’s listen to half of Big Star!