The Tea Party conservatives like to say that they care about the Constitution more than you and I. Hell, I have had conservative friends say that to me too, that they are sorry to disagree with me, but they value the constitution. I always choke a bit on that, as I remember how they responded when I objected to wireless wiretapping, or torture, or the Patriot Act.
Anyway, just as Sarah Palin thinks that people like her are "real America," Tea Partiers tend to think they are the last to actually care about the Constitution. Which is why it was so interesting to see House Republicans read the document but omit certain parts. I just assumed they would read the entire thing, but they decided to omit the embarrassing parts--saying they had been superseded by amendment, but then included other things that had been changed by amendment. But, as this piece notes, I had always imagined the Constitution as an ongoing discussion, but for many conservatives, it is just what the want it to be.
Ok, on Sarah Palin's "blood libel," my friends and I talked about this last night and we can't quite figure out why she invoked something like this. Does she know the history of that word--blaming the Jews for killing Christ, or then accusing Jews of eating children to justify violence against them?
Or is this just a dog whistle to the evangelical circle? If so, what? Or is it possible that Palin, or whoever wrote that phrase, has no clue what that means?
Finally, this hilarious "New Rules" from Bill Maher on why the Founders would probably hate the Tea Party and vice versa.