What if the Constitution wasn't written with parchment and ink but instead was tweeted out to the masses, 140 characters at a time?
Apparently, Rep. Darrell Issa wants to find out.
The California Republican began tweeting the preamble from his account just before 10 a.m. Tuesday — recognized on the calendar as Constitution Day — and is slowly and methodically working his way through the 4,543-word document.
Issa started the day by sending out "226 years ago, the United States Constitution was signed by 38 delegates in Philadelphia. #ConstitutionDay" and then dove right into the historic script.
One unverified online estimate counted more than 32,000 characters in the entire document, meaning it will take well over 200 tweets to send out the entire document through the popular social media site.
By 12:45 p.m., Issa's account, @DarrellIssa, was at Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. There are seven articles in all, though the first, which established Congress and its powers, is easily the longest.
Issa is known as a prolific tweeter and is often recognized for his digital savviness. His staff did not immediately respond to questions on why he decided to do this and whose fingers were busy all day punching in the tweets.