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The other reactions have been amazing, too. Rob Miller, the Democrat challenging Wilson in the 2010 election, has been getting plenty of donations (more than $40,000 worth so far) from groups with such slogans as 'Defeating the man who yelled "liar" at Obama: Goodbye Rep Joe Wilson', "No More Name Calling," and "Iowans Against Idiocy."
ETA Also, it didn't take long for someone to register and set up http://www.joewilsonisyourpreexistingcondition.com/
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More than a hundred years ago--in 1902, to be specific--the junior senator from South Carolina gave the lie direct to the senior senator from that state. Right on the Senate floor, no less. The results were a fistfight and the stern rule prohibiting such conduct:
"No senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator."
I don't know if the House of Representatives has such a rule, or whether it extends to the president. I do know that Wilson has not done his own cause much good.
But Wilson is not alone in his podiatric target practice.
All I have to say is "Republican family values candidate," right? You know this is going to be a sex scandal.
Except this particular incident is even more egregious than the usual dreary, sordid affair. Michael Duvall, California state assemblyman from ultraconservative Orange County, had to resign after his sexual shenanigans became public.
I wouldn't bother pointing any fingers at Duvall just for heterosexual activity with women over the age of consent--even though both women were married, as is Duvall. But several other factors make the incident particularly nasty:
- Duvall was a self-proclaimed "family values" candidate who received "100 percent" approval scores by the California Republican Assembly, the state's leading conservative outfit, and the Capitol Resource Institute (CRI), a fierce guardian of traditional family values.
- The women were lobbyists, at least one employed by an organization with business before his committees. That's a major ethics violation.
- The story came out when Duvall bragged in hideous detail about it to a colleague in a committee meeting. The mic was hot, and the whole thing was caught on video, too.
- Duvall, who fought to overturn gay marriage, has the temerity to protest that his adultery (with lobbyists) “is a private matter” and asks that ‘everyone respect the privacy of all involved?!’ Sure it's private, unless he wants to brag to his colleagues about it.
Now that's shooting yourself in the foot.