Outrage du Jour: Dem Rep says he’s tired of reading the Constitution

posted at 3:35 pm on March 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Update: This was Jim McDermott, not Jim Moran. My sincere apologies to Rep. Moran.

The Congressman in question? Washington’s Jim McDermott, one of the members that could most use a refresher course on the Constitution. This is a fine eight-second clip, but of course it’s a little unfair. McDermott is objecting to the time spent on reading the Constitution at the beginning of the 112th Session of Congress, not the Constitution itself.   Contrast this with McDermott’s former House colleague Phil Hare, who was closer to the real deal on this point.  It’s an echo of the short-lived pushback against the foundational legal document of the nation in January from Democrats, before the rest of McDermott’s fellow Democrats belatedly realized that “I hate the Constitution” was not necessarily a great campaign message in 2012.

But hey, McDermott’s 7th CD keeps sending him back to Congress despite his pork-barrel politics, so who knows?  Maybe this is a winning message for McDermott in the next election after all.  Do voters in WA-07 find the Constitution annoying, too?

So how much time did reading the Constitution take, anyway?  The better part of two legislative days.  In contrast, it’s been 182 days since Democrats were supposed to produce a federal budget in the House for FY2011.  At that time, McDertmott’s caucus had a 77-seat majority in the lower chamber, and his party had an 18-seat majority in the Senate and control of the White House.  What did McDermott do for the 182 days that this budget’s been overdue?  I’d feel a lot better if he spent it reading the Constitution.

No one on that side of the aisle has any standing to complain about wasting time in legislative sessions.


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So is Dave Rywall.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I like it when these guys speak out. Honesty is always best.

a capella on March 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I believe that’s Washington’s Jim McDermott, not Moran.

CDeb on March 31, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Er, Ed this is Jim McDermott from Washington not Jim Moran from VA.

And yeah, Moran was my Congressman for a term until redistricting.

SteveMG on March 31, 2011 at 3:40 PM

The very best of SF north.

IR-MN on March 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I believe that’s Washington’s Jim McDermott, not Moran.

CDeb on March 31, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I concur since the clip title states that its Jim McDermott and in the video you can easily see that its Jim McDermott too. But don’t get me wrong, Jim Moran is an a-hole to the nth degree.

Lance Murdock on March 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Whitewashing
The
Fraud.

Mangiare Merde E Morire

nimrod on March 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

“I’m tired of reading the Constitution.”

– Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA)

Saved for posterity.

amerpundit on March 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Uh, except that’s Jim McDermott.

KingGold on March 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

What part of VA is this guy from? Can he be redistricted out?

karenhasfreedom on March 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Er, Ed this is Jim McDermott from Washington not Jim Moran from VA.

And yeah, Moran was my Congressman for a term until redistricting.

SteveMG on March 31, 2011 at 3:40 PM

They might as well be clones of each other.

fiatboomer on March 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Spot the Idiot!

Snaqwels on March 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Of course it’s McDermott. He’s one of the worst of the worst. But Moran and the rest won’t be far behind him.

Warner Todd Huston on March 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

So is Dave Rywall.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Yeah, but he’s a Liberal Canadian Troll,not an elected representative of the American people.

kingsjester on March 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

crap Ed this is childish.

unseen on March 31, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I live in his district and I can confirm that most of his supporters are not fans of anything that hinders the forward march of national socialism.

Rightyismighty on March 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Reading the Constitution is silly, but going a full year without a budget and then refusing to pass a budget after your entire party was wiped out in a single election, is smart power!

jeffn21 on March 31, 2011 at 3:47 PM

“I’m tired of reading the Constitution.”

Don’t let the door hit you in the a%s on the way out…

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

It point out a real problem with who we send to Congress.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

“I’m tired of reading the Constitution.”

– Congressman Jim McDermott

amerpundit on March 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

In contrast, it’s been 182 days since Democrats were supposed to produce a federal budget in the House for FY2011. At that time, Moran’s caucus had a 77-seat majority in the lower chamber, and his party had an 18-seat majority in the Senate and control of the White House. What did Moran do for the 182 days that this budget’s been overdue?

I was with you until this idiotic argument. Moran’s a moron, but is he still responsible for the lack of budget now that he’s in the minority?

By your logic every Republican incumbent has also been derelict for at least 60+ days and arguably the entire 182.

Trent1289 on March 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

What part of VA is this guy from? Can he be redistricted out?

Moran is from Northern Virginia. He used to be my congressman until redistricting moved him out.

It’s mostly Fairfax and some of Arlington. All or mostly government workers. Wealthy DC suburbs.

For a long time it was mostly Red than turned Blue but is now somewhat purplish.

When Moran was redistricted out, Tom Davis, a Republican, replaced him until Davis retired this past election.

SteveMG on March 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Maybe they should read the menu of the House cafeteria instead.

percysunshine on March 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Obligatory:

Get a brain, morans

Link

teke184 on March 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

“The United States of America is being run by stupid people”.

………….Herman Cain

Knucklehead on March 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

May I say that as a Virginian, I are incredibly proud! He is the veritable embodiment of Washington, Jefferson and Madison./

Cindy Munford on March 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I’m surprised that communist jackass can read. The Peoples Republic of King County and the greater Seattle area really know how to pick them.

rplat on March 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM

And we would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for your damned Constitutions!

Good Lt on March 31, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Virginia 8th: Alexandria, Arlington, and a gerrymandered Reston. All high rent suburbs of DC. I believe Reston is home to the C.I.A. Doesn’t matter which Democrat said it as they all act as if that’s what they believe.

oldleprechaun on March 31, 2011 at 3:54 PM

“The United States of America is being run by stupid people”.

………….Herman Cain

Knucklehead on March 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

The thing is a country’s politicians reflect the country itself. If the people running it are stupid – and they are – it just means the country is made up of stupid people.

Moran didn’t just waltz into Congress one day to become a house member. He was elected and re-elected over and over. Obama didn’t just become prez. He was elected by a sizable majority. So was Reid. So was Pelosi. So was Crist. So was Feinstein. Etc, etc, etc.

As a country we’re idiots and we get the politicians we deserve.

angryed on March 31, 2011 at 3:55 PM

As a country we’re idiots and we get the politicians we deserve.

angryed on March 31, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Touche’

Knucklehead on March 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

I swear, we were infiltrated years ago, by communist nations, and this doofus is one of them. Ala SALT!

Yeeeeesh. I understand the Constitution is not the most riveting of novels, but it is the document on which this land is to be ruled by. It’s really and truly sad that those seeking elected office don’t see it that way too.

Why do we elect people who don’t seem to give a fig about this nation, it’s founding, and it’s laws?

capejasmine on March 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Virginia 8th: Alexandria, Arlington, and a gerrymandered Reston

Alexandria used to be called Alexandria, Vietnam due to the high Vietnamese immigrant population.

The Pentagon/Reagan National Airport are located in Arlington.

Yeah, CIA’s in Reston.

All DC suburbs.

SteveMG on March 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Wrong guy. Always good to see a flag burner admit it though.

Southernblogger on March 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The article’s been corrected, with an apology to Rep. Moran.

Ed Morrissey on March 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Yeah, CIA’s in Reston

CIA’s nowhere near Reston. It’s in Langley/McLean.

SD on March 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

By your logic every Republican incumbent has also been derelict for at least 60+ days and arguably the entire 182.

Trent1289 on March 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Trent, the Republicans passed a budget for the rest of 2011, what, 40 days ago? After a huge amount of debate.

Dereliction would have required them to have failed to do that.

Troll Feeder on March 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Yeah, CIA’s in Reston.

SteveMG on March 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

If it is they’re doing an awfully good job of making everyone think it’s in McLean.

Proud Rino on March 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Constitution? We don’t need no stinking Constitution!

JSGreg3 on March 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM

But hey, McDermott’s 7th CD keeps sending him back to Congress despite because of his pork-barrel politics

fixed it for you.

rob verdi on March 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Why waste time with constitutions when one can be personally providing human shield service for America’s enemies?

Has Baghdad Jim offered his services to Gaddafi, yet?

MNHawk on March 31, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Do voters in WA-07 find the Constitution annoying, too?

I would certainly hope not.

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 4:08 PM

CIA’s nowhere near Reston. It’s in Langley/McLean.

Oops, you’re right.

Brainlock.

SteveMG on March 31, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Er…I think you got the wrong Congressman – although they are dopplegangers.

I live in Jim Moron’s district and let me tell you he is a moron. Due to gerrymandering, Moron keeps getting reelected despite his repeated anti-semetic statements, fondness for the bottle, shameless theft of tax dollars for pork projects, and being involved in domestic violence. Got to love the suburban DC liberal dems – other than hating jews, being corrupt, drunk often, and beating his wife – he is a great Congressman…

sayabule1 on March 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

No surprise – McDermott’s never had much use for the damn thing anyway …..

Seriously, though – who do you think you are telling a sitting United States F***ing Congressman that there are limits on what he can do?

BD57 on March 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Pffft.

McDermott, Moran, is there really a difference? Both are communists who feel the same way. Eff ‘em both.

angryed on March 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

What do we then do about the “Good and Welfare” clause.

rjoco1 on March 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

And it was Arlington that was nicknamed Arlington Vietnam due to the high Vietnamese immigrant population, not Alexandria.

Man, the brain is going fast….

SteveMG on March 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Do voters in WA-07 find the Constitution annoying, too?

That’s Seattle, and yes, unfortunately a large number of them do. As “progressives” they really believe the Constitution says whatever they want is a right.

American Elephant on March 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

By your logic every Republican incumbent has also been derelict for at least 60+ days and arguably the entire 182.

Trent1289 on March 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Your logic is weird and uh, not logical.

Vince on March 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Update: This was Jim McDermott, not Jim Moran. My sincere apologies to Rep. Moran.

Don’t apologize. Speaking as someone unfortunately in Moran’s district, it’s entirely something he would say. Trust me, I know.

Vyce on March 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

To McDermott, Moran and their ilk,the Constitution is like garlic to a vampire.

sandspur on March 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

this reminds me of grayson taking the guys comments out of context and saying the wife needed to submit to the husband.

I’m tired of gotcha politcs and if our politicans have to watch everything they say to the point that they can not say they are tired of heaRING SOMETHING FOR 2 DAYS OF DEBATE we are in deep trouble. what happens of a GOp congressman says he is tired of hearing about oil drilling during a energy debate afte the dems were talking about the evils of oil drilling for 2 days.

Nope not playing here…

unseen on March 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

See? Every so often a politician does tell the truth!!

Pablo Snooze on March 31, 2011 at 4:18 PM

I agree. Let’s give legislators pop quizzes on the Constitution instead. If they can’t get at least 90% they don’t get to vote on the next bill.

Socratease on March 31, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Trent, the Republicans passed a budget for the rest of 2011, what, 40 days ago? After a huge amount of debate.

Dereliction would have required them to have failed to do that.
Troll Feeder on March 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Using that logic (that the countdown ended when the Hosue finally produced something to fund the government through Sept 31st), Ed’s math is wrong. The 182 day number is from October until today. So, either the count should’ve ended in February because something was finally passed one chamber or both parties have been derelict for 182 days because nothing has actually been enacted.

P.S. If a party can absolve itself just by passing something through one chamber, then the House was only derelict for 64 days. The House passed a CR on December 3rd. The Senate just couldn’t get it through.

McDermott is an idiot. But this weird “182 day” thing is silly.

Trent1289 on March 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

This is a fine eight-second clip, but of course it’s a little unfair. McDermott is objecting to the time spent on reading the Constitution at the beginning of the 112th Session of Congress, not the Constitution itself.

Ed, then why did you run this piece?

hepcat on March 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Who was the third member of the Three Stooges that went to Iraq to kiss up to Saddam before the war? McDermott, Moran, and _______?

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

what happens of a GOp congressman says he is tired of hearing about oil drilling during a energy debate afte the dems were talking about the evils of oil drilling for 2 days.

Nope not playing here…

unseen on March 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Discussing energy policy and discussing the limits on the power and authority granted to Congress by the public aren’t quite the same level of seriousness.

But that to the side, harping on the “evils” of oil drilling without ever discussing the benefits of oil drilling really is tiresome. In fact, tiresome is one of the most apt descriptors of people who expect something for nothing.

Leftist Congressmen who expect power without responsibility and energy without effort or risk are certainly the best representatives of that class of people who are tiresome.

Troll Feeder on March 31, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I just find it offensive he thinks the reading of the Constitution is “silly”.

ButterflyDragon on March 31, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Ed, then why did you run this piece?

hepcat on March 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Because it’s fun…anything to make the libs look bad, anything…
The rules of engagement is that the attacker establishes the rules. For the past several years, the libs have set the rules of engagement, and we are responding.

right2bright on March 31, 2011 at 4:27 PM

So is Dave Rywall.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I didn’t know the DR Power Moaner ™ was still around.

karl9000 on March 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

This is like when a vampire gets hit with Holy Water. A stinking DC Politician having to either hear or read the Constitution.. “IT BURNS, IT BURNSSSSS, MAKE IT STOP!! ARRGHHHHH!!”

44Magnum on March 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Ed, then why did you run this piece?

hepcat on March 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

The way it was framed elsewhere was a little unfair, which was that McDermott supposedly was tired of the Constitution itself. But griping about taking parts of two legislative days to celebrate the Constitution while his party didn’t bother to pass a budget for 14 months while in control of Congress — all of the time from Oct 1 2009 to the end of the 111th Session — is worthy of criticism.

Ed Morrissey on March 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The way it was framed elsewhere was a little unfair, which was that McDermott supposedly was tired of the Constitution itself. But griping about taking parts of two legislative days to celebrate the Constitution while his party didn’t bother to pass a budget for 14 months while in control of Congress — all of the time from Oct 1 2009 to the end of the 111th Session — is worthy of criticism.

Ed Morrissey on March 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Oh snap! I’m totally wrong. Apologies!

Trent1289 on March 31, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Apologies!

Trent1289 on March 31, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Totally unnecessary. I should have made my point more clearly.

Ed Morrissey on March 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM

both parties have been derelict for 182 days because nothing has actually been enacted.

Trent1289 on March 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Some of what you wrote has merit, but much of it does not, and the quote above is flatly disingenuous.

The Democrats refused to even propose a budget because they knew that their priorities would get them slaughtered at the polls. Following the election, they have done little other than lie about the magnitude of the fiscal problem that is nearly upon us and about the miniscule size of the Republican’s proposed cuts as compared to the increases they enacted in the preceding years.

They acted in bad faith when they had the power to propose a budget, but refused to, and they are acting in bad faith now when they claim that they sky will fall if $61 billion in cuts are made to the $1,000+ billion increase they forced through.

The Congressional system is intended to be adversarial, and everyone has the right to be an a$$h0le, but the Dems are the ones abusing it.

Troll Feeder on March 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Yo, Jim. The Consitution is not that long. You can carry it in your suit jacket and not mess up the lines of your suit.

If that’s too much of a burden for you, find a different line of work. Reading is kinda a requirement for your current job.

hawksruleva on March 31, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Oh snap! I’m totally wrong. Apologies!

Trent1289 on March 31, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I don’t really mean to pile on, but I would make one other point with regards to getting something ENACTED; the dems had a big majority in the house, only need two GOP defections in the Senate (which they could easily have gotten in the Maine delegation alone), and a POTUS who would have signed it. To compare their incompetence to the GOPs inability to “enact” a budget, without that Senate majority or the POTUS, is totally apples to elephants.

Personally, I’m angry that the GOP’s budget would only skim $66B from the budget — not NEARLY enough. It makes me wonder if they ever read their mail or phone messages. :o/

RegularJoe on March 31, 2011 at 5:19 PM

As for the complaints of guys like McDermott — if they hadn’t spent decades giving citizens every reason to believe they’d NEVER read it, maybe it wouldn’t have come to this. Or they could have agreed to work longer hours to make up the time spent reading the Constitution.

There ought to be an arrogance test for would-be legislators….

RegularJoe on March 31, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I have become convinced that a terrorist detonating a nuke on a major American city would be to America’s benefit.

God help us all.

Slowburn on March 31, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Reading the Constitution aloud on the floor of Congress isn’t remotely a waste of time.

In fact, it ought to be required at the opening of every new Congress – first order of business.

Midas on March 31, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I am currently sitting in WA 07, McDermotts district. I use to live in his district until I recently moved into the neighboring district. Not sure what you mean by his pork barrel politics as he never brings anything home. All Rep. McDermott does is campaign with a (D) after his name. That is all it takes to win in the 7th.

AndrewsDad on March 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Wasn’t this guy the counterpart to Baghdad Bob. Baghdad Jim was an obvious traitor before this swill came out. The question is how do the people of Washington elect someone so obviously un-American and this inellectually bankrupt?

volsense on March 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

CIA’s nowhere near Reston. It’s in Langley/McLean.

My bad. I’m old and I get confused easily. Whenever I need to get north of the District of Corruption I tend to go west by about 75 miles. I haven’t actually been into or through DC in about 12 or so years.

oldleprechaun on March 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Yo, Jim. The Consitution is not that long. You can carry it in your suit jacket and not mess up the lines of your suit.

If that’s too much of a burden for you, find a different line of work. Reading is kinda a requirement for your current job.

hawksruleva on March 31, 2011 at 5:18 PM

No it isn’t. Not if you are a dimocrapt. They are expected to vote on bills without reading them. They have to pass them before they can get someone to tell them what is in them.

Kinda like the rank and file dimocrapts in the rest of the country. Those uneducated morons have certainly elected other uneducated morons to represent them in congress. Don’t blame the congressmen of senators. They are just doing what the morons that voted for them want them to do. Lord! Forgive them, they don’t (and never will) know any better.

Old Country Boy on March 31, 2011 at 6:26 PM

When I lived in WA, I lived in the 6th CD, so I couldn’t vote against this joker. Nobody I knew liked him, yet he keeps getting re-elected. Good ol’ Baghdad Jim.

sadatoni on March 31, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Yep, that’s my congressman. Or, let me phrase it this way: I happen to live in his district. Never voted for him, and never will.

As for Seattle, here is an example of the people here. I joined a Toastmasters club 1 1/2 years ago. At the beginning of every meeting we would say the Pledge of Allegiance. At first I was surprised that they did this, but enjoyed the recitation each time. After awhile I started noticing that some people were just standing there not saying the pledge. Eventually, once leadership changed, they decided that it was too “icky” to be saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Now we have to listen to a short inspirational piece before each meeting. There were some of us there that did not want to lose the pledge, but we were significantly out voted. So if Seattle-ites don’t want to say the pledge, they probably are not too keen on reading the Constitution.

Mallard T. Drake on March 31, 2011 at 8:42 PM

According to Democrats “reading is hard”.

MeAlice on March 31, 2011 at 8:52 PM

He’s got that whine down really good. “I’m TIIIIIIIIIRED of reading the Constitution! WAAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

This jackass went along with Bonior to consult with Saddam Hussein before the war. Traitors.

JimC on March 31, 2011 at 9:33 PM

As if he’s ever read it even once……

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 1, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I’ll be jiggered…I never knew there was a Classics Illustrated version of the Constitution.

Mr. Grump on April 1, 2011 at 9:25 AM