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Chris Matthews: Romney challenging Obama was sorta unconstitutional

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By Doug Powers  •  October 18, 2012 03:05 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Yesterday on Hardball, Chris Matthews played a clip from the second presidential debate during which Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of cutting the number of oil and gas permits on federal land. Obama tried to interject and Romney said “you’ll get your chance in a moment, I’m still speaking.”

Constitutional crisis!

At that point, Professor Legthrill proceeded with a civics lesson:

After the clip ended, Matthews seemed appalled. “I don’t think [Romney] understands the Constitution of the United States,” Matthews said. “He’s the president of the United States. You don’t say, ‘You’ll get your chance.’”

I looked through the Constitution — no mention of shushing the president during a debate. The Founders were unavailable for comment as they were too busy laughing their powdered wigs off.

Even though the Bill of Rights — specifically the 8th Amendment — prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment,” I’m going to beg the Founders’ forgiveness and post the Matthews clip anyway:

**Written by Doug Powers

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