Main | Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mr. Unpopular

Rep. Joe Wilson is the most unpopular guy on both sides of the aisle right now, judging by this story in South Carolina's The State.
Democrats and Republicans alike are denouncing Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting "You lie" at President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress, an extraordinary breach of decorum for which the South Carolina Republican swiftly apologized. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouts as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama addressed the joint session to urge passage of his national health care plan, the centerpiece of his domestic agenda.

"There'll be time enough to consider whether or not we ought to make it clear that that action is unacceptable in the House of Representatives," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said late Wednesday on WTOP radio when asked about possible punishment for Wilson. "I've talked to Republican members who share that view." "Let's see what he does," Hoyer said before Wilson issued an apology. "Then there's time enough to consider further action." House Republicans did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but there was widespread condemnation of the outburst from members of both parties.
The comments on the story are a hoot. Many support him, but this is more typical: "Wilson's true colors shined in the glare of the national spotlight; he is a redneck, good ole boy racist who is upset with the fact that America has a black president. The sad truth is he represented South Carolina just as one would expect."

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