I was thinking of ways to allow for senators to vote their conscious without having to worry about alienating their base or their lobbyists.
I think it was Susan Collins who was threatened that if she didnt vote against Kavanaugh, some groups would donate 1 million dollars to the campaign of her opposition.
You also have lobbyists, like various unions and even the NRA who buy and pay for their senators.
So what if at the start of every vote, they handed out a senate ballot to each senator present. He voted Yea or Nay and folded it and dropped it in a Plexiglas tub that was monitored tv cameras and shown on live screen. Then after all present senators casted their ballots, the senate bill clerk would remove one ballot at a time and show if it was a Yea or Nay, and then tally it on a board. After all senate votes were tallyed, the vote is shown to pass or fail.
If this system were in place, you may have more republicans voting against Kavanaugh, but more Dems voting for him. It seems to me like this would be a great way to restrict the effectiveness of money and party in politics. It may also encourage some bipartisanship.
What are your thoughts?