Sound Thoughts on the 17th

As someone who hasn't been entirely averse to recent discussion of repealing the 17th Amendment, I have to say Ilya Somin's point brings me closer to dismissing the idea.  As he points out, state legislatures have become so enthralled with federal spending (largely due to their own profligate spending habits and the refusal of the judiciary to enforce many limits on the strings attached) that having a state legislature appoint a senator doesn't necessarily mean "pure state interests" as opposed to federal interests would even be represented in Washington.

If repeal would not actually result in greater dilution of federal power, then it's hard for me to see departing from the status quo.

And no, this doesn't mean I support the proposed Feingold Amendment, which seeks to change the present text of the 17th Amendment to give states less flexibility on how they replace senators.