The way Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky sees it, lawmakers on Capitol Hill and Americans everywhere have forgotten who the Founding Fathers really intended to run the country -- not the President who was more of a Constitutional after-thought but the Congress, the people's elected representatives.
Mr. Yarmuth said he and many of the 41 other freshman Democrats in the House had been puzzling for some time over just how to remind voters of this, how to mold a most basic lesson of American civics so that it could be carried far and wide by the modern techniques of political messaging. And then an idea struck.
Today, on the House floor, Mr. Yarmuth began distributing small buttons, seemingly made of parchment, with the words, "Article 1" - as in Article 1 of the Constitution, which states, "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
In other words: Mr. President, the Congress would like to remind you, that you, dear pal, are Article 2.
I could make a snarky remark that as long as we have to remind Congress about their Constitutionally-mandated responsibility that a pin with a depiction of a spine might be a good idea as well, but I'll refrain. Given their recent rollovers such as giving into telecom immunity on the FISA fix, I'm not sure they would recognize it any way.
Do you suppose Fox News will make a big deal about this lapel pin?