A lot of people seem disatisfied with the way our government works. I don’t claim to be an expert, nor did I stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I’ve seen various ideas that make a lot of sense. I think we should eliminate the senate (because geographical area should mean nothing for representation), increase the size of the house by 3 or 4 or 10 fold (to make each rep beholden to a smaller constituency), implement proportional representation in the house (to deter a two-party system), and eliminate first-past-the-post voting in favor of preferential voting at all levels (to deter strategic voting, gerrymandering, etc).
Now that my superior vision of government is established, is there any reality where enacting these sorts of major constitutional changes is remotely plausible? Hurdle number 1 is getting the Ds and the Rs to agree to work together to vastly reduce their own power. Hurdle number 2 is convincing the American people that New is Better, and Hurdle number 3 would be figuring out how to actually pull together a constitutional convention to overhaul the thing.
But… could it be done?