Our favorite race-baiting candidate for Senate, Pete Hoekstra, is in the national spotlight again. This time it’s for comments he made concerning the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution, which, as you may remember from sixth-grade history class, passed in 1913, allowing American citizens the opportunity to directly elect their Senators by popular vote. (Prior to that, Senators were elected by state legislatures.) Hoekstra, who apparently thinks it would better of we had our elected officials in Lansing choose our senators for us, says that the repeal of the 17th Amendment, “would be a positive thing.” Earlier this week, Hoekstra, who was a guest on a conservative radio program by the name of Clarkcast, said, “The direct election of U.S. Senators made the U.S. Senate act and behave like the House of Representatives.” This was a problem, he said, because “The end result has led to an erosion of states’ rights.” (I’m sure it’s obvious, but could someone tell me how choosing Senators by way of direct election diminishes states’ rights? And, by “states’ rights” we do mean the ability of states to enact racist legislation, right?)
Among those in the national media to respond to Hoekstra was Stephen Colbert, who said, “In other words: Why should I have to vote for my Senator? I already voted for my State Senator. He knows what I like. Let him order for me. It makes me feel pampered.” Here’s the rest of the Colbert segment.
I’d like to think that this idiocy of Hoekstra’s would stay front and center for the next several days, but, given the loathsome, backward nature of the current Republican field, I think it’s likely that tomorrow another candidate for Senate will be something even more shockingly offensive. Who knows, Missouri’s Todd Akin could even make a comment about “legitimate rape.”