Last night, while doing my cardio, I looked up to see James Carville on Larry King Live, making much of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburts during the President’s health care address on Wednesday. The Democratic consultant/commentator faulted the South Carolina Republican for not apologizing directly to the President, without noting that he had tried to do just that, phoning the White House and talking to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as he tried to get through to the President.
Despite the apology, the uproar continues. The media didn’t seem nearly as concerned when Democrats shouted and booed Obama’s Republican predecessor during his 2005 State of the Union Address (via Instapundit). At that time, a multitude of Democrats loudly registered their disapproval.
It seems Democrats are using this one Republican’s outburst to rally their troops around the President. Fascinating how they get their panties all in a bundle over a single disgruntled Republican who acted boorishly and apologized almost immediately. The apology notwithanding, expect the left to gin up their attack machine to make as much of this two-second (if that) outburst as they possibly can.
It’s a lot easier to attack a rude Republican than to defend the details a complicated overhaul of our nation’s health care system.
It seems Democrats would rather malign this Congressman than address his (and other Republicans’) objections. But, then, isn’t that their game plan? Make an issue of their adversaries’ imperfections, ignore the content of their criticism.
The President, to his credit, accepted Wilson’s apology and encouraged the media to focus on the issues:
I’m a big believer that we all make mistakes. He apologized quickly and without equivocation, and I’m appreciative of that. . . . The media can always be helpful by not giving all the attention to the loudest or shrillest voices, and try to stay a little bit more focused on the issues at hand.
Let’s hope they — and the President’s fellow partisans — take heed to this sound advice.