I doubt this plan would receive much support from California, New York, Michigan, or Illinois. This plan would nullify the advantage of their large cities. Surprising, the plan would receive the greatest push back from Red states, who would probably gain the most in reality.
Interesting idea, though.
Because of the great diversity of interests present in California, Californians have long floated the idea of dividing the state into three separate states. Following the reasoning behind the idea, Texas could reasonably be divided into three separate states. States like Florida, New York, Illinois, and Georgia could be cut in half because North Florida differs greatly from SouthFlorida. North Georgia differs greatly from South Georgia and so on.Such decisions would be left to the voters of the individual states with certain caveats in order to avoid such bizarre creations as the state of Petroleum or the state of Detroit.Another idea might be to assign overseas Americans specific senatorial representation since their votes frequently end up in the dumpster, hanging chads or no.
Fly, I don't know if the current dysfunction is the result of structure, the 24 hour news cycle, or the elevation of personal interest in re-election and party over the needs of the people and the nation. Most likely, a combination of all three.
But, I do believe a unicameral legislature would not solve the problems posed by the other two factors. Mainstream media - liberal and conservative- wants soundbites and controversy. In-depth reporting (unless it's about the death of a celebrity) is no longer fit for their precious airtime. Let's get those ratings and move on to the next subject fit for 90 seconds of broadcast.
And let's not ignore the problem of the minuscule attention span of the American public - once again, unless it's the death of Michael Jackson or Phillip Seymour Hoffman or some other "star". How many people do you know who can knowledgeably discuss the current Syrian situation? Afghanistan and US troop withdrawal? The public on both sides of center seize upon media sound bites, diatribes perpetrated by whichever pundit position they agree with, and -rather than informed discussion of facts- proceeds to engage in loud arguments parroting what they recently heard on TV or radio.
Rather than voter ID rules to address a non-problem perhapes we ought to require a current events test before voting.
Bryant, The whole exercise was really a thought experiment because all of those guys in the House would not be happy about such a change! I would like to believe that the malaise you have described is a temporary aberration or lingering fin de siecle indigestion and not a terminal condition.