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Maddow Wrongly Claims ‘Constitution Doesn’t Have A Preamble’ | NewsBusters.org

UPDATE:  Apparently she reads my blog.

Maddow Apologizes For Constitution Gaffe With Schoolhouse Rock


Yes, Boehner was quoting from the Declaration of Independence and not the Constitution, but her understanding of the Constitution, as usual, is defective.

The Constitution does have a Preamble, and anyone old enough to have watched Schoolhouse Rock in the mornings can recite it by heart.  We REALLY need to bring Schoolhouse Rock back.  I learned so much stuff from those silly little animations.

Did you know the United States Constitution doesn’t have a Preamble?

Well, that’s what the oh so arrogant, high and mighty MSNBC host Rachel Maddow told her audience Thursday night.

In a segment attacking the attendees of yesterday’s "House Call" protests on Capitol Hill, Maddow chided Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Oh.) for claiming he was quoting from the Preamble of the Constitution (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript, relevant section at 2:05, file photo):

RACHEL MADDOW, HOST: Congressman Akin was not alone in stumbling over a little basic U.S. history. He had some good company in the top Republican in the House, Minority Leader John Boehner.


JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH.): This is my copy of the Constitution. And I’m gonna stand here with our Founding Fathers who wrote in the Preamble, "We hold these truths to be self-evident…


MADDOW (waving hands): Nnn, Constitution doesn’t have a Preamble. Not. Nope. Stop it. That would be the Declaration of Independence. Ooh.

Actually, Rach, the Constitution DOES have a Preamble

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