The current controversy about the rock-stupid comments made by Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin regarding rape and pregnancy has again made me seriously wonder if here in the U.S. we’re seeing more people of bottom-of-the-barrel quality running for office and that good qualified people of sound intelligence who would be excellent office-holders are dissuaded and discouraged from running by the American electoral system.
The way it is now, much of a candidate’s time is taken up with fund-raising. Back in the 1990s, I recall hearing a news story on NPR about the difficulty both parties were having in getting people who had seemingly impeccable qualifications to run for office. Basically, the main reason for why many of these would-be candidates declined to run was the amount of time involved in fund-raising. Since then, costs have increased considerably and, with the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, things are going to get even worse. I think one result of this is that we’ll be seeing fewer good people running for office and many more hacks who will be more than willing to vote the way their big-money backers want.
Anyway, let’s discuss.
(This might be a Great Debates topic but I’m starting it here in Elections. If the mods want to move it, that’s okay with me.)