Unlike some conservatives, I did not celebrate South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst on the House floor, crying, “You Lie!” while the President delivered his health care address. While I share his opinion about the President’s dishonesty (as does apparently the White House), I don’t think it appropriate for a Member of Congress (or any individual for that matter) to shout out during a presidential address.
Show respect for the office, even when you disagree with the man who occupies it.
But, now that the media and House Democrats are giving Wilson the Carrie Prejean treatment, I’m beginning to fall into the camp of the Palmetto State Republican. I never would have heard of the socially conservative California beauty queen had it not been for the media obsession with her response to a question, offering her honest opinion on marriage (which happens to be that of a majority of voters in her home state as well as that of the President of the United States).
I only began to sympathize with her as left-wingers (particularly gay left-wingers) began to demonize her.
And now with Democrats threatening to “censure Wilson” unless he apologizes “on the House floor in front of his colleagues,” they’re making a martyr of a man for his boorish behavior.* He apologized, the president accepted his apology. Since Mr. Obama was the one interrupted, shouldn’t this acceptance end the matter? Shouldn’t we, as the Democratic chief executive asks, move on and focus “on the issues at hand”?
Yet, Democrats don’t want to move on; they just can’t let go of Joe Wilson (just as some gay activists couldn’t let go of Carrie Prejean.)
These Democrats seem far more thin-skinned than Republicans (or perhaps just far more eager to score political points). While they demand this one, lone Republican apologize on the House floor for his boorish behavior, four years ago, Republicans didn’t demand Democrats apologize (or face censure) for booing the the then-Republican President during his constitutionally sanctioned State of the Union address. Unlike Wilson, those Democrats didn’t even apologize privately to the President (through his representative) nor did any of them release a statement indicating they regretted their ill-manner outbursts.
Tell you what, if they want to censure Wilson, let them reprimand him together with those Democrats who failed to apologize for booing Bush. At least that would show some consistency.
*Say what you will about Prejean, her behavior was not boorish.