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The Distinguished Senator

Jonah: I don’t think Kerry’s failure to author a single major piece of successful legislation is a big deal–we need fewer senators who author major legislation, not more of them. I’ve always liked Lamar Alexander’s big idea for Congress: Cut their pay and send them home. The less they do, the better. (Oddly, Lamar! doesn’t seem to talk about this much anymore, now that he’s a senator himself.) The fundamental problem with Kerry is how he has voted on legislation proposed by others–and that’s the subject of one of the questions I hope he gets tonight, and I also hope President Bush is better able to exploit the senator’s huge vulnerability in this area.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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