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CockroachIs it too easy, too obvious, to even use the words “Rep. Joe Wilson” right now? I know he’s getting all the play a two-bit congressman from nowhere (does “Reagan administration Justice Department official” sound better?) could dream of, so I hesitate to give him anymore. I have to say that I was shocked when he shouted, “You lie!” at the president last night. I’m trying to avoid a lot of the “analysis” of Pres. Obama’s speech since I actually watched it, but I had to check and see if Wilson apologized. He did, quite promptly, though probably not soon enough to protect him from the derision of even his own party. His piggish, boorish, crass, rude, and fatuous comment – not to mention its inappropriate, unseemly, insensitive, and disrespectful timing – apparently didn’t strike him as particularly rude at the time: “Wilson appeared to consult his Blackberry for much of the rest of Obama’s speech. He shook his head defiantly after several of the president’s statements. When Obama finished, Wilson bolted from the chamber.”

Reaction to Wilson’s disgraceful heckling was swift: “Wilson’s congressional Web site crashed and hundreds of calls started flooding into his office.” Rep. Jim Clyburn, a fellow South Carolinian congressman, took up for the beleaguered state: “‘I thought the governor had embarrassed us enough, but Mr. Wilson has gone even lower,’ Clyburn said.” Do you suppose Sanford called to thank him? In true twenty-first century political style, the insult has already earned his opponent $100,000. I don’t know whether to be glad or appalled. I just know I thank God he’s from SOUTH Carolina.

3 Comments

  1. IBXer

    September 11, 2009 at 10:16 am

    He shouted something that millions of Americans wanted to shout. I stood up in my living room and applauded when I heard him shout “You lie” to the man who was lying to all of us. It has been proven that he was lying when he said the current bill in Congress would not cover illegals. He was lying through his teeth and I cheered for the man who was brave enough to shout the truth.

    I think it is hillarious that you think his website crashed and his offices phones were ringing due to protests. I tried to go to his site to send him a thank you email for saying what millions of us so desperatly wanted to say.

  2. IBXer

    September 11, 2009 at 10:25 am

    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/09/10/taking_liberties/entry5301652.shtml

    “The Congressional Research Service, the legislative branch’s research arm, took a close look at H.R. 3200 in a report dated August 25. It concludes that the bill’s individual mandate to have health insurance (with tax penalties for non-compliance) would apply to legal residents and illegal aliens alike.

    When the legislation’s “Health Insurance Exchange” offering private and government-run plans would begin operation in 2013, CRS concluded would be no restrictions on illegal aliens buying government-offered insurance: “H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens participating in the Exchange — whether the noncitizens are legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently.””

    “This brings us back to Obama’s speech last night. It’s true that the Democrats haven’t explicitly called for illegal immigrants to be covered by H.R. 3200, but by voting down two amendments that would have verified participants’ legal status, they seem to have implicitly allowed it. It’s no crime in Washington to say one thing and do another, especially when you’re under pressure from influential special interest groups, but it should still be a bit embarrassing for politicians discovered to be doing it. “

  3. IBXer

    September 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm