Constitution Crisis

Let me get this straight: During today’s first-ever reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives, the following happened:

  • There was preliminary squabbling over which version of the Constitution to read — the Rs insisted on the politically corrected version (otherwise known as “amended” version), which basically ignores  some of those  unpleasant items from the early days — like the 18th Amendment, which kicked off Prohibition.
  • New Speakeasy, I mean, Speaker John Boner, I mean, Boehner kicked off the long-awaited festivities by reading the Preamble, then sneaked out shortly thereafter for a frackin’ PRESS CONFERENCE?!?!? Guess we know what’s most important.
  • Testosterone Moment: the reading of the much-coveted Second Amendment by Rep. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, the lucky bastard.
  • Mike Fitzpatrick, one of the two reps who still hadn’t been officially sworn in, participated in the reading, raising the question of whether his reading might be stricken from the official record.
  • By the time the reading was completed, not only was the chamber nearly empty, but someone realized that pages had been stuck together, so some of articles IV and V had to be read after the fact!

For entertaining reading on the reading, check out this summary from David Weigel at Slate.

Of course, that was all after Pete Sessions and Mike Fitzpatrick (the aforementioned non-sworninees) had missed their swearing in because they were at a fundraiser/party celebrating Fitzpatrick’s swearing in. Then they tried to rectify their gaffe the way Americans usually do, by raising their hands and talking to the TV!

All I can say is that Nancy Pelosi must be licking her chops. You go, girl!

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