I've been meaning to post this for a couple days now. I believe it came up in Huntsman speech after the New Hampshire results (and has come before in many different venues). I've been torn on it and kind of curious what others opinion are about putting term limits on how long someone can serve in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
I'll start with the negative side I see. Its mainly that I feel we SHOULD already have a good system in place. If your representative or senator is doing a bad job representing the people of your state, you can vote them out and thus "limit" their term. With the benefit that if they are actually doing a good job, you can continue to keep them in office so long as they are doing a good job. It seems like it should be a great system that works better then saying "Everyone out after x years!"
The problem with that (and the other side) is it is never actually done like that. Hell we have the same system with some judges, and I doubt half the voters even look into the judge before making a blanket vote based on some reasoning outside of job performance. I'm not sure what the current rate is, but I know its absurdly high percentage of time the incumbent gets voted back, no matter how good or shitty they've been. In that case I could see term limits being good in a way to prevent voters from voting someone back who really shouldn't be there in the first place.
Lets also add that gerrymandering has made it so getting rid of someone who is a drag either on the state or the nation is at times next to impossible to get rid of some people. Parties (at least are supposed to) bank on this, picking their leaders from people in districts that they should almost never lose. It is one of the few things I'm happy about with Arizona, we actually have an independent bipartisan committee that handles redistricting. It seems a lot better then having the politicians deciding the lines (and creating some weird ones just to get a solid district created). Of course that effects the House of Representatives, not the Senate.
I'm sure there are more issues on both sides, but that is just how I feel about it, and not really sure either way. Like I said they sound good, but could get rid off some of the good people, and we should have a system to weed out the people we don't want up in D.C. already. What is your feelings/opinions on the matter?