Pariah or What?

Joe (the outspoken) Wilson

Joe (the outspoken) Wilson

Congressman Joe Wilson of upstate  South Carolina is  a Republican in his 5th term in the U S  House of  Representatives. Betcha before last Wednesday you had never heard of him. He is  a native of Charleston, a father of four who have all served in the military in some capacity. I suppose  you could call him a back bencher. But his life has dramatically changed since he uttered a two word phrase  during the President’s speech on health care. “You lie” said Congressman Wilson and the proverbial firestorm has ensued. From earning a stern look of disapproval from Speaker Pelosi, a sad comment from Vice-president Biden, an accusation of racism from some media outlets, a huh from some in South  Carolina, a huzzah from Limbaugh and words of encouragement from Drudge; it has been quite a few days for the Congressman.

Both he and his probable opponent, Rob Miller, have raised tons of money since the outburst. Wilson has since apologized to the President through Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. However, House leaders are demanding a public apology which he is refusing to do. There could very well be  a vote to admonish him or worse.

So, what does one make of all this? First, a bit of humor, I think. I saw a picture somewhere that showed the two congressmen on either side of Wilson when he made his comment. They looked as they would have rather been anywhere else in the world at that moment. Will that be  how the Republican leadership reacts? Perhaps.

So, what about the comment. Wonder it was the comment or the venue? Senators(see Harry Reid) have called Presidents  liars before, State of the Union speeches have been booed. Even Presidents have called others  in the media, etc liars. I tend to think his comment was poorly timed and also an ill chosen one. I know that tarnishes me  a bit as a c nservative and I can accept that, I  suppose.

I might add that had it been in the House of Commons in England , it would have somewhat routine behavior. let’s just say for a moment, just for the sake of discussion, that Mr Wilson was genuinely convinced that there was info in the speech that was not truthful. What recourse is there that is suitable? Go to your Congressional leadership, make your own speech, go on CNN(oops, sorry), who knows.

Suffice to say that if he is your Congressman, you no longer can speak of having an obscure representative.

FYI , the White House rejected the claim of the esteemed Maureen Dowd that the comment was racist in nature.


September 13, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments