“The Anti-Roger Sherman”


At the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman forged a compromise to break a deadlock over the Virginia Plan vs. the New Jersey Plan.

In his Virginia Plan, James Madison proposed a bi-cameral legislature with representation in each house based on population.William Patterson countered with the New Jersey Plan, which proposed a unicameral legislature with each state having a single vote. The Convention grew dangerously deadlocked.

Finally, Roger Sherman combined the best elements of both plans into the Great Compromise, which created a House of Representatives (with representation based on a state’s population) and a Senate (with each state receiving two senators regardless of population).

Now, Constitutional scholar extraordinaire President Obama has grown dissatisfied with this arrangement. Or perhaps he never liked it in the first place and forget to tell us in 2008. Well, he will just have to live with it. Because if he doesn’t, he will come face-to-face with constitutional provisions that he would find even MORE distasteful (such as, impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate).


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