The U.S. Constitution has hit the best-seller list -- on Capitol Hill at least.
With both political parties citing the Constitution at seemingly every turn, the pocket edition of the document, along with the Declaration of Independence, reached No. 10 on the Government Printing Office best-seller list in March, The Hill
newspaper reports. The Government Printing Office has sold 8,700 copies of the Constitution since last September.
In addition to sales -- $2.75 a copy at the printing office, just a few blocks from the Capitol -- thousands of copies are given to members of Congress who then give them to constituents. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving member of Congress, always has a dog-eared copy in his coat pocket and often brandishes it during fiery floor speeches.
Revived interest in the Constitution also likely relates to the rise of grassroots movements, like the Tea Party, that question whether government actions are consistent with the founding document. Both sides use it to explain their positions. The freedom of speech provided for by the First Amendment and the Second Amendment's right to bear arms are among the hot topics when the constitutionality of current laws and practices is debated.