For older folks, one has Andrea Mitchell, who demonstrated on 21 December 2008 that she can quote the US Constitution without knowing what it says. Thus, while trying to show that the Constitution forces appointment of Senate vacancies, Mitchell ignored a key part of Clause 2 of the 17th Amendment. Clause 2 states:
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of each State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
In other debates about the US Constitution, current VP Cheney is criticizing VP-elect Biden:
"He also said that all the powers and responsibilities of the executive branch are laid out in Article I of the Constitution," Cheney said in a interview that was conducted on Friday. "Well, they're not. Article I of the Constitution is the one on the legislative branch."
"Joe's been chairman of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Judiciary Committee in the Senate for 36 years, teaches constitutional law back in Delaware, and can't keep straight which article of the Constitution provides for the legislature and which provides for the executive. So I think I'd write that off as campaign rhetoric. I don't take it seriously."
Biden is set to become our first plagiarist Vice-President. While at Syracuse Law School, Biden copied, without attribution, five pages of a law review article. Plagiarism was not a big issue in the campaign of 2008.
**Previously, concerning "Meet the Press"-->
David Gregory on Meet the Press on 14 Dec 08