In it, but not of it. TPM DC
But, as CBS asked, does he really mean to say that the President of the United States doesn't believe in the Constitution?
"Well he doesn't," said Broun. "When I was sworn into the Marine Corps in 1967, when I was sworn into Congress, I swore to uphold the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic.
"We have a lot of domestic enemies of the Constitution. Those who want to pervert it, those who want to change it. There's some that are in black robes and sitting on federal benches all across this country. There are Democrats and Republicans, liberals and even conservatives that pervert the Constitution according to the original intent of our Founding Fathers."
The conversation shifted to the mixed-seating arrangement that was taken up by many members of both parties -- which Broun had vociferously opposed, as an effort to silence Republican opposition and hide how few Democrats there were left in Congress. (In any case, he didn't actually attend the speech -- he sat in his office to do the tweeting.) Broun was asked what he thought of the rationale that this was an attempt to foster civility and unity, in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).
"I think we need to be civil," Broun said. "We can talk about issues. I think the personal attacks that a lot of people do are probably not good -- good for the country.
"But the thing is, there's a wide difference between the philosophy of the Democratic leadership up here in Washington, because they believe in top-down type of government. They believe the federal government should do everything for everybody and take care of every human endeavor, and direct everything from Washington, D.C. That's socialism.
"Whereas Republicans by and large, and the American people overwhelmingly, believe in freedom. They believe in liberty, they believe in personal responsibility, they believe in the free enterprise system. That gulf between those two is a very wide gulf that is hard to bridge."