I assumed rebel yells were being shouted from one rooftop to another throughout his district.
And I was very probably dead wrong.
You see, the issue isn’t that the president has vocal opposition. It isn’t that someone disagrees with the president. It isn’t that disagreeing with the president is not patriotic.
That is bat guano and everyone knows it. It is the right of everyone to be able to disagree with a president. More than that, it is an American tradition.
But what is not an American tradition is to open up in a joint session of congress and call out to a sitting president that he is a liar.
That isn’t done. NO ONE recalls the last time this was done.
More to the point, I think that the congressman felt a sense of entitlement coming on the heels of the Angst of August, when so many over the summer heaped on the president such huge dismissals. He’s not a citizen. He’s a NAZI. These wild claims are simply unprecedented. You can dismiss the man all you want, but not the office. No one ever razzed and heckled Bush-43 or called him a liar in congress.
Comparison of the left criticizing Bush-43 to the right calling Obama a NAZI or an illegal alien who is illegally occupying the oval office is a complete travesty. Illogical in the extreme. But considering the sorts of people we are watching act out now, this is to be completely expected. Republicans have lost all sense of propriety. All sense of decorum. All sense of sense.
I’ll say it again, calling the president a liar in a congressional session is way over the top. Congressman Wilson needs a lesson in decorum.
Besides, in the South, calling someone a liar, those are fighting words. And I think Barack can take Joe in a couple of rounds.
But that may not be necessary. As I said, I was wrong about Joe Wilson coming from a safe Republican district.
He is vulnerable.
Check out the South Carolina State Election Commission Website. In 2008
The cities in
But more to the point, guess who just raised $200,000 for each word that Joe Wilson shouted out to Obama last night? Raised $400,000 for the Democrat who will oppose Congressman Wilson in 2010?
ActBlue is the Democrats’ online fundraising weapon and last night they put out an APB on Joe Wilson. And Ron Miller, who will run against
They raised 400 large last night, and right now, at this writing, the total is $523,552!
This will be another race to watch next year. Ron Miller has a lot of ammunition now, and the financial backing to expend it wisely over the 10 counties that comprise SC – 2.
Oh, and by the way, if you would like to get in on the fun, here is ActBlue’s Ron Miller donation page.