Thursday, September 10, 2009

Joe Wilson: Town Crier or Village Idiot

A little-known South Carolina Republican, unable to contain his emotions, yelled at President Obama, and the top of his lungs, "You lie!" This outburst may have done more to unite Democrats and the public than the entire speech.

History shows that worse things have have happened in that august chamber, but last night's outburst embodied the type of "debate" --death panels, illegal aliens, public option, government takeover-- the Republicans have been waging against health care reform.

Last night's television moment showed the stark contrast between the dignity of the President and a vulgar man.

Wilson may have just become another tiny footnote in the House of Representatives annals, but it will be the footnote that left the footprint of approval of the Health Care bill. This is one terrible way not only to make history, but also to be on the wrong side of it.

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