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|Too close to home|
We're afraid House Minority Leader John Boehner hit the proverbial "nail on the head."
What are we referring to?
We're referring to Boehner's description of the movement in the House of Representatives to admonish Congressman Joe Wilson. Boehner called it a "political witch hunt."
In case you missed it, Wilson, a conservative Republican from South Carolina, shouted "you lie" when President Obama told a joint session of the Congress last week that no illegal immigrants would be eligible to participate in a universal health care program currently under consideration in the Congress. To his credit, Wilson called the White House the day after his poorly timed remark to apologize to Obama. Obama apparently accepted the apology.
While we defend Wilson's right to express his opinion on statements made by any president, he should have never interrupted the president while the president was speaking to a joint session of the Congress. It was rude and disruptive. Wilson should have saved his remark for a news reporter to report or for a setting among his constituents in his largely conservative South Carolina congressional district.
Be that as it may, some members of the U.S. House were not happy with Wilson's apology. They wanted more, including Wilson appearing in the House to apologize to the full House for his "you lie" comment. Wilson refused to do it. Good for him.
Accordingly, that set the stage for the House to vote largely along party lines to admonish Wilson, who accurately described Obama's remark about illegal immigrants and the so-called health care reform measures the Congress is entertaining. The vote to admonish Wilson was 240-179. Some 233 Democrats were joined by seven Republicans in voting to admonish Wilson while 12 Democrats joined 167 Republicans in voting against admonishment.
Admonishment or not, Wilson was wrong to interrupt the president of the United States during a joint session of the Congress, but we suspect Wilson was admonished because his comment hit too close to home among liberal members of the U.S. House who support a government take-over of health care in America.