Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) seems to be a big fan of constitutional history, even if his own legislative history hasn’t always lived up to that document.
On Thursday, he’ll lead a reading of the Constitution on the House floor — a first, according to his website. Goodlatte is using the opportunity to demonstrate that, “The new majority in the House truly is dedicated to our Constitution and the principles for which is stands.”
But an appearance on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell may have shown that such dedication was lacking in the past. On Tuesday, Goodlatte came on the program to discuss his symbolic reading, and also played up the fact that the “we have, as a part of our new rules of the House, a requirement that all bills introduced in the Congress state the basis in the Constitution — the section of the Constitution — upon which that introducer of the bill relies in introducing it.”