Let's get the obvious out of the way. Congressman Joe Wilson should not have blurted out "liar" during President Obama's speech last night. It was rude, inappropriate, and a total break in protocol. In fact, Congressman Wilson has said as much and he apologized. The president accepted. That should be the end of it. After all, as rude as it was, Mr. Wilson is not the first to interrupt someone's speech rudely.
Instead, the Democrats are acting as though Congressman Wilson killed someone. They aren't satisfied with his apology. They wanted Wilson to stand on the House floor and apologize in front of the entire chamber. It appears he didn't apologize enough. I think that isn't enough either. Maybe after he apologizes in front of the full House, we also send him through a gauntlet. We can line him up on one end of a football field and force him to run to the other side while eleven linebackers wait for him. After that, we could strap him into one of those medieval devices that straps his head and arms and display him on Pennsylvania Avenue for a full day. We could put a sign over his chest that says "I called the president a liar and I'm really, really, really sorry" and have him stand on a busy street corner for a full day.
The Democrats are trying to milk this for all its worse. So, the question is why. When Joe Wilson's name first came up, I thought it was the guy that accused President Bush of lying about uranium in Niger. I doubt many people had heard of Wilson until this incident. So, why are the Democrats so fixated with punishing him well beyond the nature of the crime.
This feigned outrage is transparent and its obvious. The Democrats want this story to go on because they're hoping to advance the narrative that Wilson is indicative of Republicans as a whole. They are obstructionists, cynical, and they want the president to fail. Furthermore, fundraising has been great since the incident. So, the Democrats want to keep the story going for as long as possible. What Wilson did was wrong and it was rude. He didn't steal, he didn't cheat, and he didn't corrupt. So, we should all put things in perspective. Nancy Pelosi can't bring herself to remove Charlie Rangel from his Ways and Means Committee Chairmanship even though he did all three. Yet, she wants to put Wilson through a full throttled humiliation tour.
As obvious as it is, it's not very effective. First, no matter how biased the media is, it's not going to happen that the narrative will be that a back bench er legislator will be used to define the party as a whole. Furthermore, all that's really happening with all of this attention on Wilson's comments is that there's more focus on whether or not Obama's plan will or will not cover illegals. After all, it was that claim that set off Wilson. So, the Democrats can continue to keep the pressure up. If they do, they make take down Wilson. They'll also make sure that all the issues surrounding health care for illegals are debated as well. That second debate will NOT help the cause of Obamacare.
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