Friday, August 31, 2007
BREAKING NEWS: John Warner retires, gets the date wrong
Call me nitpicky, but, in an odd bit of irony, he got his own retirement date wrong.
Warner made the announcement in Richmond, Virginia, this afternoon, saying:
My work and service to Virginia as a Senator — and I repeat, my work and service to Virginia as a Senator — will conclude upon the 6th of January, 2009, when I finish, as the Constitution of the United States, upon the first Tuesday of a new Congress, my career of then 30 years in the United States Senate. — John Warner, 2007-08-31, carried on MSNBC and other news outletsTrouble is, that's not what the Constitution says. Per the 20th Amendment, his term expires at noon on Janury 3, 2009, a Saturday. Specifically,
[T]he terms of Senators and Representatives [shall end] at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin. — Amendment XX, Section 1, U.S. Constitution, ratified 1933Maybe Robert Byrd can give Warner a vest-pocket copy of the Constitution as a retirement present.
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