Bob the Gunslinger wrote:
Personally, I would like to see more Mods, a thriving, relevant House, and a Senate where Senators are not elected for life by their own close friends. Sour grapes it may be, but the Old Boys Club really adds a whole level of irony to everything the current Senators say in defense of the Senate as it is.
I don't mean to single you out, but I've seen this claim once too often now, and I've yet to see anyone back it up.
Fellow Senator Ted Collins is a fine example. Yes, he is my friend. I've known him through Babtech, Spacebattles and this site for probably 7-8 years now.
But I didn't nominate him for the Senate based on friendship. I nominated him on merit. Check his posting history from day one: the guy's highly intelligent, articulate, thoughtful and, for all the vitriol that goes on here, he's always conducted himself like a gentleman. (I've nothing against swearing, mind you; I just admire his ability to always keep a cool head. He's very much like Publius in that regard
More to the point, Ted didn't win in a landslide. He lost two nomination threads before he was inducted. So, where were all of his chums, ready to give him a free-pass into the treehouse club?
Ted's just one senator -- one example. I understand that. And while I freely admit some
senatorial nominees probably benefitted from their popularity, as I said before, I've seen no evidence to indicate Ted's some wild exception to the rule.