Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Math is not his strong suit

Jim DeMint has decided to revive an idea that was dumb when Gingrich made it part of his Contract with America fifteen years ago and which is still dumb today. The dumb seems to a bit infectious, as this Hill piece by Jordan Fabian shows.
A Republican senator on Tuesday introduced a Constitutional amendment that would mandate term limits for all federal lawmakers.

Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) amendment would limit House members to three terms and senators to two terms. Every lawmaker then could serve no longer than six years in Congress.

Um, Jordan, I hate to break this to you, but two six year Senate terms amounts to twelve years, not six. The text of the amendment also has no restriction on Representatives going on to the Senate after finishing their three terms in the House, meaning lawmakers could serve up to eighteen years in congress.

Today hasn't been a good day for the three Rs in journalism.

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