Yesterday I posted a blog topic regarding an idea I have about how to repair the dysfunction in the Senate. In a nutshell, the idea is to base the cloture vote (vote to end a filibuster) not on the undemocratic method of requiring a super majority of senators but rather by basing cloture on a method that gives each senator a certain percentage of the total vote according to the percentage of population that the particular senator represents. I believe that this method would be so much more succesful and representative that I suspect the supermajority requirement could even be raised from the 3/5ths it is now to a 2/3rds majority requirement and still be a more expedient method. The way that rules currently operate means that senators representing just a sliver of the overall population (as little as 12%) can dictate the terms of debate for the entire country. This method would apply only to the cloture vote and not the actual vote on any given matter, thus preserving the original intent behind creating a body in which each state's interests are represented by the same two votes. In my opinion this would go a long ways toward making the Senate both more democratic and more expedient. The full blog post is here:
I'd like to get feedback on this notion.