9 10 09
Just Another Joe Wilson to Love
By Mary Lyon
I love Joe Wilson. Again! Which sets me up here and now to make sure a critical distinction is made. Joe Wilson is not Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador whom I really do love for the devotion and fiery outrage he's displayed in nonstop defense of his wife, outed CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame. The other Joe Wilson, by contrast, seems more like an inhabitant of Superman's Bizarro World.
But make no mistake, I heartily celebrate him nonetheless! This Joe Wilson may not necessarily be the Evil Twin of Plame's husband. But he indeed is the newly-crowned, self-appointed hero of the politically deranged. As such, these are ironically some of the very folks who would certainly stand to benefit most of all from Obama's efforts to clean up the health care mess and make insurance coverage more widely available and affordable. I was outraged, of course, while watching President Barack Obama's Wednesday night speech to a Joint Session of Congress, to see Congressman Wilson loudly blurt "liar!" WHILE Obama was speaking. This thoughtless pipsqueak brought shame upon himself, his constituents in his 2nd district in South Carolina, and to the entire Republican Congressional delegation.
The Second District, according to Wikipedia, is located
"in central and eastern South Carolina. It includes all of Lexington, Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Allendale and Barnwell counties; almost all of Richland County and parts of Aiken, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties. It is based in the state capital, Columbia; other major cities in the district are Beaufort and Hilton Head Island."