Joe “You Lie” Wilson Raised $500,000 for His Opponent

I covered Joe Wilson’s moment of shame in my post on Obama’s health care reform speech last night, but tonight I want to share with you how progressives banded together teach Joe Wilson and the increasingly irrational Republican Party a lesson about civility and fact free “debate.” (Joe Wilson is WRONG when he claims that Obama’s plan provides health insurance coverage for illegal immigrants.)

At about 1:15 you’ll hear Wilson’s yell and observe a very short pause by Obama (as he seems to be considering whether or not to directly address Wilson’s charge) before he resumes his speech.  The look of shock and disbelief on Nancy Pelosi’s face expresses how most members of congress probably felt about Wilson’s behavior.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank detailed the general bad behavior of House Republicans:

“When Obama addressed the charge that he plans “panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens,” someone on the GOP side shouted out “shame!” The president went on: “Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical.” “Read the bill!” someone shouted back. Obama mentioned those who accuse him of a government takeover of health care. “It’s true,” someone shouted back …. Even as Obama delivered a tribute to the late senator Ted Kennedy, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga), a leader of House conservatives, perused his BlackBerry. Shortly before the speech ended, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) walked out to beat the rush.”

Milbank concludes:

“…there was something appalling about the display on the House floor for what was supposed to be a sacred ritual of American democracy: the nation watching while Cabinet members, lawmakers from both chambers and the diplomatic corps assembled. “

Unfortunately for Republicans, they seem to be missing how all of this boorish and immature behavior looks to independents and more mature conservatives?  As Alex Koppelman wrote yesterday:

“All of it will serve to reinforce the impression, which reform supporters have been working hard to create and spread, that Republicans have gone around the bend, that they’re more interested in attacking Obama than in reaching across the aisle to work on reform.”

But the great thing about Joe Wilson’s “You Lie” moment was the way progressive activists responded online. (Who says online activism is slacktivsim?)

Jim Gilliam started a petition that called for Joe Wilson to apologize for his behavior using act.ly, the Twitter petition tool. The first blog post appeared on DailyKos shortly thereafter. The results of online action speak for themselves.

Joe Wilson just launched his own fundraising effort:

Joe Wilson has since apologized for his behavior, if not his fact free opinion, and progressives are calling for Wilson to resign in a new petition. And many are calling for Wilson to be censured including Arlen Specter.

To keep up on other progressive online actions you can follow @myrnatheminx and @tweetprogress on Twitter.

Photo courtesy of CNN and Getty Images

138 comments

Di B.
P B9 years ago

Jim/Cindy
I have not commented in this thread, but want you to know that I agree with your comments. There are many of us out here, the silent majority, who agree with your views. Thank you. You will be missed by all peace loving members who enjoy reading your comments. I wish you well.

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Marion Y.
Marion Y9 years ago

Love you, Jim! You've done good. You can reach me by posting to my blog at http://desertgurl.com/ ... that is, if I can't reach you by message here. You're a real gem and a standout truthteller.

A special "thank you" to Rex as well for helping truth prevail.

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Cindy M.
Cindy M9 years ago

To Marion, Rex and all who are doing such a wonderful job of combating misinformation with racist overtones, I bid you my great thanks and farewell ...

and an apology for masquerading as Cindy M. To explain, I was banned for attacking blattant bigotry (by B. M.) on the "Unreverend" Anderson (Pray Obama dies) blog.

So an IP rerouting routine (Care2 blocked my IP address) and the Cindy M pseudonym allowed me to get a few extra jabs in.

But I'll honor Care2's wishes and bow out.

Warmest regards,

Jim D

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Cindy M.
Cindy M9 years ago

Hi Marion,

I fear Mr Sirota is speaking some truth. So as an avoidance tactic, I try to laugh as much as possible --- and think of the Mark Gs, Renees, et al, as Micheal Palins trying to convince us that the Norweigian Blue parrot they're selling isn't dead.

So Mark G, if you'll permit me to expand on my earlier remark ...

You lie, sir. You are bereft of truth; facts are not in your possession; your art is crafted with the dung of a bull; you speak with a forked tongue; it's all a load of crap; pure nonsense; you possess no credibility; verasity is something of which you are utterly lacking; the truth is a stranger to you; you're full of it; nothing you say could be further from fact ... etc, etc.

-cindy

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Marion Y.
Marion Y9 years ago

I agree, Cindy. Mark G is lying and he knows it. Here's a good article by David Sirota where he says:

"I'll put it bluntly: We are becoming a nation of haters - a nation, really, of assholes, or at least dominated by assholes. And sure, maybe we've always been that way - but what's different is that it's become almost impossible to pretend otherwise. There's no more delusions, no more fantasies. Despising one another and ignoring the substance of issues has become the defining mark of Americanness in the 21st century - and that's a tragedy.

* Just to be clear, when I refer to "hate," I'm not referring to disagreements on principle/substance. We have a lot of those here at OpenLeft - and those are healthy and constructive and important. When I refer to "hate," I'm referring to the kind of impulses epitomized in that one rather typical piece of hate mail. Hate is easy to spot - it's like obscenity: you know it when you see it."

http://bit.ly/LBtSu

By continuing to lie with no facts to back it up, especially when it's been disproven, is nothing more than bigotry...and it's wrong.

I hope and pray this is not the prelude to another period of the Dark Ages. I hope and pray enough Americans will slay this ugly dragon once and for all and send the putrid stench of ignorance, bigotry, lies and poor character to the hell hole it belongs so light, peace, love, beauty, honesty and decency can reign over this country like a breath of fresh air.

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Cindy M.
Cindy M9 years ago

Mark G,

You Lie!

-cindy

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Mark G.
Mark G9 years ago

I could care less about Joe Wilson. What I want to know is when Obama is going to apologize for effectively bearing false witness and calling anyone concerned about coverage of illegals deceitful. Because that was also a lie. As improper as Wilson's outburst was, he was speaking truthfully, short of Obama's rhetorical trick separating 'his plan' from what has been going on with the various bills and amendments.
Obama is a talented 'bait and switch' expert. If evidence of that must be ignored or swept under the rug, then there is no use in trying to work together.
What about all the Republicans who didn't burst out. When will they get their apology?
Obama lied about padding his administration with lobbyists and industry hacks. He lied about getting us out of these illegal wars. He has increased support for the torture programs and brought them home for domestic usage. Why would I trust him on or for anything?

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Marion Y.
Marion Y9 years ago

Just in case the previous link didn't come through:

Article: Less Vegas (state is bust for lack of income tax)
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1915962-1,00.html

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Marion Y.
Marion Y9 years ago

Rex, you wrote yesterday...
"Yes I can't wait for the Bush taxcuts to expire. This country became the strongest country in the world not because of taxcuts but before taxcuts. The less tax income we take in the weaker we are as a nation and the higher our national debt becomes."

An article in Time Mag "Less Vegas" tells how "The recession has hit everything from philanthropy to stripping to the solvency of Nevada. Because Nevada has no income tax and relies almost entirely on taxing casino owners, the state is nearly bust. Governor Jim Gibbons, a Republican, whom only 11% of voters say they would re-elect, tried to turn down federal stimulus money, was accused of cheating on his wife and lost control of the legislature, having his vetoes overridden more times than any other Nevada governor. Budget cuts have closed the only hospital cancer wing for uninsured patients. "We're on the bottom of every bad list," says Steven Horsford, majority leader of the Nevada senate and de facto head of Nevada's government, who tried and failed to enact a corporate income tax. The state is so desperate, the legislature even considered a state lottery. Which is about as good a revenue plan in Nevada as opening a literary salon."

"...The devastation has spread into every aspect of Vegas."

The writer continues..."This is either a model for the rest of the country or, if the reset fails, the beginning of a long, long slide."

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1915962-1,00.

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Edie McClurg
Edie McClurg9 years ago

Do you remember the speeches parroted by GW Bush to joint sessions of Congress containing lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction, etc.??
No one yelled "You lie!" Imagine the outcry if some Democrat called out the lying liars and their continuing litany of lies. They would have been csstigated and shunned. Shun Joe Wilson. Do not re-elect the boorish liar.

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