(Jacobin) -- In coverage of the midterms, we’ve heard a lot about the House, the Senate, governorships, and even ballot measures, but almost nothing about state legislatures. That may soon change, because the Democrats’ meager gains in this department will be crucial to stopping corporate America’s next strategy to further roll back the twentieth century.
The weekend before election day, a little-noticed article was run by the Associated Press, detailing plans by right-wing groups to push for a constitutional convention after the midterms to alter the United States’ founding document. This itself is nothing new: the Right has spent the past few decades pushing for just such a thing. But with a historically radical GOP in power, and with the Democratic takeover of the House frustrating right-wing congressional legislation for the foreseeable future, the next couple of years could well see the Right go all in on circumventing Congress entirely by simply rewriting the Constitution.
“Having a divided Congress may cause the proponents to feel even more committed to this idea,” says Michael Leachman, senior director of state fiscal research at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “They might imagine that this is the only way they’re going to win the radical changes to the Constitution that they want.”
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