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Recall Options

Kathryn: Steve Moore has taken only two positions recently that I’ve disagreed with–wanting to make Iraq pay for its own reconstruction, and now this recall proposal. Both are pretty consistent with Moore’s record. He’s always opposed most government spending, and he’s got a populist streak. I don’t think that his position on the recall is inconsistent with his support for term limits, either. Term limits obviously are “undemocratic” at one level, but from a different perspective can be seen as democracy-enhancing.

I don’t even disagree with Moore’s idea that all states should have recalls and referenda. They may not be the ideal set-up, but in case people haven’t noticed our current system of government is pretty far away from the Federalist Papers. It’s not clear to me that referenda, given that system, really carry us further away. My main concern about a recall is that it not be used too frequently. Having elections for House members every two years seems about right.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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