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WaPo’s Ezra Klein: The Constitution Is Confusing “Because It Was Written More Than 100 Years Ago”

MSNBC’s favorite policy wonk, well at least host Norah O’Donnell‘s favorite wonk, liberal Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein was asked to comment whether Republicans reading the Constitution aloud in the next session of Congress was merely a gimmick. Klein said it was, but also elaborated on his view of how the Constitution is interpreted.

Klein’s view of the Constitution’s complexity:

The issue with the Constitution is not that people don’t read the text and think their following. The issue with the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than a hundred years ago and what people believes it says differs from person to person.

Klein later goes on to state, without confusion, why the individual mandate section of the healthcare bill has constitutional authority under the necessary and proper clause. O’Donnell though doesn’t follow-up with Klein about whether something is inherently “confusing” just because it was written a long time ago or instead is just “confusing” if people don’t arrive at the same conclusion as Klein.

Watch the clip from MSNBC below:


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