WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS -- besides a good 5-cent cigar -- is more congressmen.
Congress is broken. Maybe a few nuts and bolts were tightened when it came under Republican management in 1995, but by and large the place remains a mess. It is remote and out of touch, long on self-promotion and short on deliberation. It is filled with careerists and empire-builders, consumed with fund-raising, obsessed with publicity. It lards itself with perks and is waited on by bloated staffs. Its members worship polling data and dread taking principled stands. It is an exclusionary incumbents' club, with reelection all but assured for those who seek it.
In a word, Congress is undemocratic. The way to make it more democratic is to make it bigger. . . .