If you needed any more proof that the GOP reading the Constitution aloud in Congress is merely political theater, well, here you go:
Two House Republicans have cast votes as members of the 112th Congress, but were not sworn in on Wednesday, a violation of the Constitution on the same day that the GOP had the document read from the podium.
The Republicans, incumbent Pete Sessions of Texas and freshman Mike Fitzpatrick, missed the swearing-in because they were at a fundraiser in the Capitol Visitors Center. The pair watched the swearing-in on television from the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised.
And yes, beyond the obvious problems with this, you read that correctly:
The pair watched the swearing-in on television from the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised.
There is no provision in the Constitution for a remote swearing-in by television. On Thursday, Fitzpatrick was one of the members who read the Constitution from the dais.
You can read more of the stupidity and hypocrisy of these two here from the Huffington Post.