Plus the 17th was promoted as being less corrupt and it's been more so. Outside special interests of the state give money, pressure from the national media and other factions bear influence on them over their state's concerns. It shifted political power from the rural areas to the big cities too. If the state legislatures elected someone, they can be recalled at anytime if they don't represent the state's interests. That's a plus for the states.
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” — James Madison
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