With such a large and complicated federal bureaucracy, members are most effective—and most resistant to special interests—when they are most knowledgeable.
They are majoritarians.
Sabato revived the debate over term limits by arguing in A More Perfect Constitution that the success and popularity of term limits at the state level suggests that they should be adopted at the federal level as well. President[ edit ] The third president, Thomas Jeffersonstarted the tradition of presidential term limits by refusing to run for a third term in To circumvent the term limit in Alabama incumbent governor George Wallace pushed through the nomination of his wife Lurleenin the Democratic primary, which was, in those days, the real contest in Alabama.
He specifically put forth the idea of congressional term limits and suggested a national constitutional convention be used to accomplish the amendment, since the Congress would be unlikely to propose and adopt any amendment that limits its own power.
The North thought that the slaves should not count at all. On July 7,Al Franken was seated, after a recount, as the sixtieth Democratic senator.
Breyer, the profound question at the heart of the term-limits case was the continued vitality of the "revolutionary character of the government that the framers conceived" when the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation.
Seated in his office at Harvard Law School, where he is a visiting professor, Levinson described his dilemma.
Term limits are generally popular, because most people generally think that elected representatives are all crooks and need to be thrown out of office.