The new Republican-infused Congress wants to prove once and for all that despite their previous talk about removing birthright citizenship, direct election of Senators, and the government's ability to regulate the economy from the U.S. Constitution, they actually love the treasured document waaaaay more than Democrats do. It's a claim that would pretty easy to laugh at if a certain Washington Dem could avoid implying that he hasn't had time to read the Constitution.
For that point, we go to the House floor, where, as New York Magazinereported Thursday, the GOP majority had ordered that both parties take turns reading the constitution as part of a patriot story-time session.
Washington 1st District Rep. Jay Inslee wanted an explanation from Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte on on how his party came up with which parts of the original constitution would be read and which would be left out (for instance, the weird slavery clauses--like the "three-fifths compromise" which made each former slave count as 3/5 of a person for census purposes, or the Fugitive Slave Clause).
Unfortunately for Inslee, what he said made it sound as though he's never read the constitution.
UPDATE: Inslee aid Robert Kellar just called (in record time) to point to Inslee's blog post from yesterday evening, in which the congressman clarifies what he was asking for.
My question was whether we would be reading the original constitution and then the amendments, or some kind of edited version instead. I asked because members were not informed of the details beforehand nor asked for their input. In fact, when I asked for a copy of the edited documents we would be reading, I was told by my Republican colleagues that they could not share it with me.