The Specter of a Problem
Senator Arlen Specter says it all in just a single sentence:
“I am not prepared to have my 29-year record in the United States Senate decided by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate — not prepared to have that record decided by that jury,” he said.
After three decades in the federal government, the folks who’ve labored to keep you in office become less important than the power. Everything is apt to become less important than the power.
So we should all thank Mr. Specter for the reminder that term limits are worth bringing up at every opportunity. (Of course, with centuries of cumulative years of “service” currently sitting in Congress, there’s a whole lot of power likely to be brought to bear against such a movement.)