Reports tonight are that tons of money are now streaming to his 2010 Dem challenger. Also read comments that he may have violated House Laws of Conduct and if not (at least) censured, may get the boot.
Regardless, all I can say to Joe Wilson (R-SC) is thank you.
Thank you for being the in-the-flesh example of GOP idiocy. You acted like a staged performance to emphasize the President's points on civility and seriousness that each member of Congress must take... the President was asking for the GOP members to act like adults, even through their snickering and heckles and paper waving and "What Plan?" signs and twittering, but Joe Wilson (R-SC) grabbed the spotlight.
Joe Wilson (R-SC) was every screaming townhall lunatic, FoxNews blowhard, and teabagging screamer all wrapped up into a 2-second package of vitriol. Well done!
edit: I wanted to add this interesting comparisons of the leading liberal &. conservative news sites:
I don't know what the consequences will be for Rep. Wilson. I hope that he loses his job the next time the voters in his district have a chance, but who knows. I hope that it's not just his loss of self-control that disgusts the moderates, but his apology that turns off whatever morons in his district would cheer on such a display.
I absolutely agree with you though about what was nice about the Republicans behavior last night. Whether you believe him or not, the efforts of the Democratic Party to create a bipartisan bill were genuine. Had that not been true, the Democrats would have never let the process drag on into the recess with Sen. Baucus's committee dragging it's feet trying to appease Sen. Grassley. Had the Democrats not cared about getting at least a few Republican votes, they would have said "screw it" and written the bill themselves the moment that Sarah Palin opened her mouth.
Alas they didn't. They kept at it, allowed the Senate to work and hoped that the Republicans would take part in an honest debate even as Sen. Grassley ran around Iowa talking about killing senior citizens, Sen. Coburn excused violence toward the government on Meet the Press, and Chairman Steele cataloged every lie coming out of the Republican commentariat like a weak parrot.
Last night was time to call it all out. It was a message to the voters in Rep. Bachmann's district, "Your representative in Congress is lying to you and should be ashamed."
I wonder if the message made it home. I have a feeling though that the game is fixed. I don't think President Obama would have done what he did last night had he not already counted the votes. I think he reached a compromise with one or two Republican Senators (so-called "triggers" on the public option) and they are ready to move the bill through if they have to.
It shows the current GOP has NO respect for the Office of the President. I don't remember anyone shouting to Bush while he was addressing Congress he was lying, . . .when he clearly was on many occasions (i.e. yellowcake from Niger)! There was a civility, there was protocol... but not with the current right wing yahoos ! It's "Law of the Jungle" . . and they keep telling the SAME lies over and over and even when caught they still insist spreading the Lies. Facts be dammed !
My wife got a chain mail from her rabid rightie brother... about illegals and free healthcare for them.. asked me if it were true, knowing 99% it wasn't. I gave her 3 unbiased (like Snopes, Factcheck, etc‚) sources when showed it was a lie... she forwarded it back to him. I told her she should have hit "reply to All". Same BS about federally paid abortions, and the Public Option is a Govt takeover. Time to take the gloves off and call them on this cr@p. IF you want to have a debate fine, but come to the table with FACTS, not lies and rumors.
Then it's up to the centrists to rein in the nutters. It's not our fault that the nutters had free rein for two turns at the wheel & bunged everything up so bad. The centrists should have shut them down 4 years ago.
No, it was the many of the GOP seated ... reports of persistent heckling throughout Obama's speech. GOP congressman Gohmert (R-TX) could also be seen wearing a homemade sign — similar to the ones seen at town hall protests, “What bill?” and another "What Plan?", along with other' catcalls of "shame!" and "read the bill"
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
Two amendments that were added in committee, like that would be Obama's fault or sponsoring. The President was talking about what he wants to see in a completed bill and not what is specifically being drafted in committee(s) at the moment.
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