A widespread sentiment among more extreme conservatives -- including a surprising number of prominent Republican candidates, former candidates, office holders, and former office holders -- is that the 17th Amendment should be repealed.
It was exactly one hundred years ago that the 17th Amendment was enacted to shift the election of senators from state legislatures to the voters of each state. This is a largely forgotten episode of American political history, but its effects still resonate down until today.
As long as conservatives believe they can win elections by changing the ground rules, the battle over voting rights will continue. And as long as conservatives are weaponizing the Constitution for political purposes, progressives must aggressively tell our own story about the Constitution.
While individual supporters of the Tea Party may differ on specific proposals, the leaders of the movement have articulated a commitment to rolling back decades of legislative and constitutional changes.
It's time Justice Antonin Scalia -- and his ideological soul mates in the Tea Party -- honored the whole Constitution, including all the Amendments that make the Constitution the great and enduring document it is today.
When you pull a lever on Tuesday, you may think you are voting for one candidate or another, but, in the big picture, the vote won't be for a person. Instead, you will be voting based on these opposing principles.