Democrats are trying again to turn Washington D.C. into a state. The advantage to the Democrats is that if statehood were approved, they would have two sitting U.S. Senators and one congressperson –all who would vote for democrat bills. It is a power grab that, fortunately, would require an Amendment to the Constitution to become law.
“Even if the D.C. statehood effort had a reasonable chance of passage, however, such an amendment would undermine stable federal governance in a number of ways. First, it would put the seat of the national government under the controlling authority of a potentially hostile government.
In Federalist No. 43, James Madison warned that without federal control of the capital, ‘the public authority might be insulted and its proceedings interrupted with impunity.’
Of course, if Democrats were truly concerned about the lack of representation among Washingtonians, they might be working on ideas that would allow D.C. residents to become Marylanders or Virginians. Instead, they are intent on creating — or, at the very least, normalizing the idea of — a liberal enclave that would give them two permanent senators. Because the agitation for D.C. statehood is little more than a cynical play for partisan advantage,” the National Review writes.