Michele Bachmann hires Antonin Scalia to teach teabaggers the Constitution [VIDEO]
Scalia was Bachmann's conservative idol.
Gage Skidmore; Stephen Masker
Michele Bachmann tells Lou Dobbs that she's talked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia into teaching freshman members of Congress about the Constitution.
"We're going to do what the NFL does and what the baseball teams do: we're going to practice every week, if you will, our craft, which is studying and learning the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights," she says.
The craft of Congress is to study the founding documents of the United States?
Wait a minute. Isn't the craft of Congress the business of legislating? And didn't all those teabaggers tell us that they already knew plenty more about the Constitution than the rest of us, that we'd all lost our way? Now they tell us they're not as smart as they led us to believe? We want our ballots back.
Scalia, in case you missed it, is an "originalist" when it comes to the Constitution. Translation: It's not a living breathing document that needs to keep pace with life beyond its publication date, unless it needs to keep pace with Scalia's personal opinions. Then his originalism trumps your originalism. Or, as Georgetown law professor Randy Barnett puts it:
Justice Scalia insisted that the right to keep and bear arms is right there in the text, which of course is true. But so too is the Privileges or Immunities Clause, which, unlike the Court's due process jurisprudence, has a historical meaning that helps define and limit the rights it was meant to protect.
Should be an interesting class. So simple. So straightforward.
Maybe after he's done teaching, Scalia can whisper a few hints in her ear about the importance of telling the truth, especially given that she's hot for Jesus. Bachmann is up for "Lie of the Year" again, you see. The winner of PolitiFact's competition will be announced tomorrow night.
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