Rolling the Dice in California
William F. Buckley, Jr. once famously said that “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” Voters in California may get a chance to test that idea. “Repair California” is seeking to put an initiative on the state ballot that would call for a state constitutional convention and (try to) limit its mandate. More important, the initiative would provide that the delegates be chosen randomly from the adult population of the State. That’s right — random selection.
It’s the ultimate form of campaign finance reform.