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Sen. Jim DeMint would be a tireless defender of our Constitution if only he only knew anything about it

By Alex Koppelman

Published June 26, 2009 2:35PM (EDT)

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., came out with a mind-bogglingly bad healthcare reform plan earlier this week. It didn't seem possible to top that, but DeMint has, following it up with a fundraising appeal that has to be seen to be believed.

The pitch starts going downhill with the second sentence, which reads, "I believe the only way to take back our freedom is to return to the constitutional principles our founding fathers promised in 1776."

That's my emphasis, because the Constitution wasn't written until 1787, 11 years later. The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, but it didn't contain "the constitutional principles our founding fathers promised." In fact, there was a whole other system of government in place in the U.S. before the Constitution was written.

Normally, I'd write this sort of thing off as a simple, one-time mistake, someone making an easily-explained slip in the writing of one sentence. But the whole fundraising appeal is based off the idea of constitutional principles promised in 1776. It continues:

I can’t do all this alone. That’s why I launched my Club 2010 team of Internet activists to help propel my re-election campaign. Just last week we received $5,000 from donors giving $17.76. I trust that conservative activists are willing to stand behind the ideas I’ve been pushing in Washington, so I’ve set a loft (sic) goal of raising $17,760 in $17.76 increments over the next five days.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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