So says Harvard professor Jack Balkin at Balkinization, reporting on a University of Texas Law School symposium, Is America Governable, in a provocative post,"Dysfunction or Regime Change?" An excerpt:
If we are in a period of political transition, it is no wonder that things seem difficult. And that may be why, at this particular period of time, people are casting about for solutions to dysfunction, and calling for constitutional amendments. But within five years or so, all that will change, and it will change without the need for new constitutional amendments, much less a new constitutional convention. To be sure, I do not oppose the idea of new constitutional amendments; I simply think that the current dissatisfaction and urge for profound change is symptomatic of something else.