When the 112th Congress convenes next year, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's Tea Pary Caucus will get a crash course on the constitutional separation of powers by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, CNN reports. Justice Scalia will lead the first of the constitutional seminars for members of Congress in late January.
Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtelben says the educational series is a response to conservatives' calls for a return to constitutional principles in governing.
So what might a syllabus for Justice Scalia's class (or future Tea Party classes) look like? According to Sachtelben, the bi-monthly seminars will "bring up principles that are familiar to the members," including the Bill of Rights and constitutional role of government.
In an interview with radio host Lou Dobbs, Bachmann compared the classes to sports practices for athletes:
"We're going to practice every week, if you will, our craft, which is studying and learning the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights," Bachmann said. "We'll have a speaker, we'll have questions and answers, we'll wrap our minds around this magnificent document."