Darrell Issa Has Been Tweeting the Constitution All Day

How many tweets does it take to get to the end of the supreme law of the United States?

National Journal
Marina Koren
Sept. 17, 2013, 1:02 p.m.

Rep. Dar­rell Issa, R-Cal­if, is cel­eb­rat­ing Con­sti­tu­tion Day by shar­ing the United States Con­sti­tu­tion with the Twit­ter­verse.

The first tweet went out early this morn­ing to the Cali­for­nia law­maker’s roughly 117,000 fol­low­ers. Issa’s Wash­ing­ton of­fice didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for more in­form­a­tion, such as who ex­actly is tweet­ing — Issa him­self, or an in­tern? — and from which state. 

226 years ago, the United States Con­sti­tu­tion was signed by 38 del­eg­ates in Phil­adelphia. #Con­sti­tu­tionDay

— Dar­rell Issa (@Dar­rel­lIssa) Septem­ber 17, 2013

Issa’s Twit­ter feed then dove head­first in­to the Con­sti­tu­tion. 

“We the People of the United States, in Or­der to form a more per­fect Uni­on, es­tab­lish Justice, in­sure do­mest­ic Tran­quil­ity…”

— Dar­rell Issa (@Dar­rel­lIssa) Septem­ber 17, 2013

Six hours later, the tweets are still com­ing. By 4:45 p.m. East­ern time, Issa had made it to Art­icle 4, Sec­tion 4, which guar­an­tees every state a “Re­pub­lic­an Form of Gov­ern­ment” and pro­tec­tion “against In­va­sion.”

Art 4 Sec 4 “The United States shall guar­an­tee to every State in this Uni­on a Re­pub­lic­an Form of Gov­ern­ment, and shall pro­tect”

— Dar­rell Issa (@Dar­rel­lIssa) Septem­ber 17, 2013

Only three art­icles to go. 

The Con­sti­tu­tion, ac­cord­ing to this gov­ern­ment web­site, is about 4,501 words. This in­cludes those such as “art­icle” and “sec­tion,” which Issa in­cludes in his tweets. The en­tire doc­u­ment is about 26,161 char­ac­ters, spaces in­cluded. On his Twit­ter feed, Issa is us­ing double quo­ta­tion marks, which changes things. But, thanks to the hours-long di­git­al read­ing of the doc­u­ment, we now know the Con­sti­tu­tion is made of roughly 187 tweets.

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