How the right’s many wingnuts would have gone crazy if a Democrat had behaved during a President George W. Bush speech to Congress the way that Politico reports that Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) behaved during President Barack Obama’s speech tonight to a joint session of Congress on the subject of health-care reform:
“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” President Obama said.
A loud voice from the Republican side of the hall answered, “Lie” — my colleague Glenn Thrush reports it was Rep. Joe Wilson (R – S.C.) — drawing a second “It’s not true,” from Obama and a shake of Nancy Pelosi’s head.
The bill is designed to exclude those immigrants, though some Republicans have called for more explicit bans on funding for illegal immigrants and have claimed the bill will funnel money to illegal immigrants.
My guess? They’d have been filling Fox News and endless radio stations with umbrage about the disrespect for the Commander in Chief, for the leader of the free world. I wonder how many will chastise that kind of behavior from a member of the GOP. I’m not holding my breath.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), during an interview on CNN, called Wilson’s behavior “totally disrespectful” and said he should apologize immediately. Kudos to McCain. Wondering what Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Michael Weiner Savage, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, and the rest of the wingnut contingent will say, how frequently, and how vehemently.