Thursday, September 10, 2009

You Lie

This is the photo of the night of course. The immediate response to Wilson's outburst.

So to get the obligatory Joe Wilson post out of the way, I don't really give a flying leap that Wilson acted like a jerk. Frankly, I would have cheered if the Democrats had done that to Bush back in the day. Of course, Bush actually was lying but it becomes a matter of standing for something. Say what you want about the cretins of the GOP, but at least they're consistent and strong in their opposition. That's more than we can say about our wishy-washy Democrats.

As to why Wilson did it, at first I was thinking along the lines of Chris Hayes, that Wilson is really that stupid and uninformed that he simply believes the viral emails and was genuinely pissed off. On reflection, I'm thinking it was pre-planned to capture the news cycle. It's certainly working. The media love this sort of vapid story and will no doubt spend days pondering the deeper effects of rudeness.

Meanwhile, the Wilson clip is being played on a continous loop and no one on TV is bothering to point out that Wilson was wrong. Everyone is talking about the GOP instead of the substance of Obama's speech and to the extent that they are talking about the reform bill, the focus is on the non-issue of coverage for illegal immigrants. Even more irritating is the big bloggers are feeding that meme instead of changing the narrative. One hopes that will change soon.

However, there is one bright spot in this dreary development. Joe Wilson's Democratic opponent pulls in nearly $200K in campaign donations since Wilson opened his big fat trap. I've heard that Wilson is also getting some positive feedback from the cretins in his base, but haven't seen any figures and note that the complaints have shut down his phones and his website is down as well. So there's that little bit of karmic kickback. And with that, I vow to herewith ignore Mr. Wilson and let him sink back into much deserved obscurity. [photo credit]

Update: Okay, just one more update. It seems Wilson is in deep debt, perhaps approaching bankruptcy and also the new count on his opponent's donations are now at $300K $400K $500K $800K. Would love to see him clear a million before the circus is over.

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Blogger rockync said...

I did a post this morning at the Swash Zone with the exact same title "You Lie".
I guess it's true that great minds think alike! :)

4:28:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Rocky. Indeed.

5:57:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Some folks think it's more than a coincidence that someone just happened to catch a perfect high res photo of Wilson exactly during the split second he made his outburst, but of course that's just coincidence theory.

11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Nolo. Quite a coincidence indeed. Odd that subsequently, all the coverage was about Wilson and almost nothing about the speech.

4:54:00 PM  

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