South Caro-whiner

From the Los Angeles Times:

The congressman who heckled President Obama during a televised address found that while the president accepted his apology Thursday, the furor over his outburst did not let up.

“I’m a big believer that we all make mistakes,” Obama said in acknowledging the apology from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). The lawmaker’s shout of “You lie!” during the president’s speech on healthcare was a significant break in decorum.

“I do think that, as I said last night, we have to get to the point where we can have a conversation about big important issues that matter to the American people without vitriol, without name-calling, without the assumption of the worst of other people’s motives,” Obama said.


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Still, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, a Democrat from Wilson’s home state, said that he planned to push for a resolution expressing disapproval of the incident unless Wilson issued a public apology on the House floor.

And Rob Miller — the Democratic challenger for Wilson’s House seat — had raked in 14,000-plus contributions totaling more than $500,000 since the Wednesday night outburst, according to the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

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A Wilson spokesman said that the lawmaker had “apologized to the president sincerely, and the president accepted and said let’s move on and have a civil discourse. And the congressman agrees.”

Wilson posted a video on his campaign website saying he let his “emotions get the best” of him during the president’s speech. But he said he would “not be muzzled,” and asked supporters to contribute to his “effort to defeat the proponents of government-run healthcare.”

Wilson’s outburst came in response to Obama’s statement that a healthcare overhaul would not directly benefit illegal immigrants.

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The healthcare bills developed by House Democrats and by the Senate’s health committee explicitly prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving federal subsidies for insurance. However, the House Republican leadership has complained that there is no provision to enforce the prohibition. GOP House leaders also complain that Democrats rejected their amendment to require applicants for subsidized healthcare to verify their legal status.

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“I think all of us who know Joe Wilson know that he did the right thing in apologizing to this White House,” said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “I don’t think anyone accepts the type of outburst and the lack of decorum in the House chamber.”

(In a separate display of Republican unhappiness, Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois walked out during the president’s address. His spokesman said the congressman was frustrated that Obama was not offering any new ground and left with just minutes remaining.)

Robert Oldendick, a political science professor at the University of South Carolina, on Thursday described reaction within the state to Wilson’s outburst as “surprise and strong disapproval.”

(ChattahBox)—The xenophobic Wilson who has spent years affiliated with the neo-Confederate group Sons of Confederate Veterans, is now casting himself as a “victim” under attack by liberal groups and using his victimhood as a fundraising appeal.

After his vile display of disrespect for the office of the President, Wilson released a written apology to President Obama for his actions, without taking back his accusation that the President lied. In fact, Wilson lied. The House Bill specifically prohibits illegal immigrants from benefiting from federally sponsored health care.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, along with other House leaders are calling for Wilson’s censure, unless he stands on the House floor to apologize for his unprecedented and shameful behavior.

Now, it appears Wilson is not so sorry after all. The notorious presidential heckler has posted a fundraising appeal on his campaign website and on Youtube. The appeal on his website is headed, “Stand with me against liberal attacks” and Wilson says he is sorry for shouting at the President, but he won’t back down.

Read some excerpts of Wilson’s appeal for campaign contributions, based on his victimhood:

“Today I need your help more than ever before. I’ve been under attack by the liberal left for months because of my opposition to their policies, especially government-run healthcare. They’ve run commercials in my home district and flooded my office with phone calls and protestors. They’ve done everything they can to quiet my very vocal opposition to more government interference in our lives. Now, it’s gotten even worse.

But I will not stop fighting against their policies that will only lead to more government interference, more spending and higher deficits.

Will you stand with me today by making a donation to my campaign? If you do, I’ll be able to fight back against the attacks by the liberal left.

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Wilson’s Democratic challenger Rob Miller has raised over $500,000 in response to Wilson’s calling the President of the United States a liar on national television.

In Wilson’sYoutube appeal he declares, “I will not be muzzled” and continues with his victimhood meme […]

(Video at ChattahBox link above)

From AlterNet:

South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson was pretty much a nobody until his outburst Wednesday during President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress and the American people on the subject of health care. Here are some things worth knowing about Mr. Wilson […]:

1. Like his ideological counterpart known as Mr. The Plumber, his real name is not Joe. It’s Addison. His middle name is Graves. That makes him Addison Graves Wilson.

2. Wilson is a member of the organization, Sons of Confederate Veterans, reports Dave Niewert of Crooks and Liars, which “as the Southern Poverty Law Center has detailed assiduously, has been taken over in the past decade by radical neo-Confederates who favor secession and defend slavery as a benign institution.” […]

3. Wilson served as an aide to the late segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond, who is credited with conducting the longest filibuster in Senate history — against the 1957 civil rights bill.

4. When Thurmond’s bi-racial daughter, fathered out of wedlock with an African-American teenage girl, came forward in 2003 — after Thurmond’s death — Wilson castigated Thurmond’s daughter, saying he did not believe her story. […] Wilson later apologized to Washington-Williams.

5. A large percentage of Wilson’s campaign contributions come from the health sector, according to OpenSecrets.org. Over the course of his eight-year congressional career, Wilson has collected $414,000 from the health sector, topped only by contribution from what OpenSecrets calls the “finance, insurance & real estate” sector, from which he has gleaned $455,000.

6. According to his congressional Web site (which has crashed thanks to a rush of traffic after the president’s speech), “Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) announced today that his office will be open on Saturday, September 12, 2009 to host constituents traveling to Washington for this weekend’s 9/12 March on Washington.” The September 12 march is sponsored by the astroturfing group FreedomWorks, and widely publicized by the 912 Project launched by FOX New personality Glenn Beck […]

7. Wilson is an adamant opponent of health care reform. As reported by The Hill, his last Tweet before his heckling performance at Obama’s speech read, “Happy Labor Day! Wonderful parade at Chapin, many people called out to oppose Obamacare which I assured them would be relayed tomorrow to DC.” […]

8. A military veteran whose health-care coverage is set for life, even after he retires from Congress, Wilson has “voted 11 times against health care for veterans in eight years, even as he voted ‘aye’ for the Iraq War…, ” according to Adam Weinstein, an uninsured Iraq-war veteran, writing at Newsweek’s The Gaggle. “He voted to cut veterans’ benefits─not his own─to make room for President George W. Bush’s tax cuts,” Weinstein says. “He repeatedly voted for budgets that slashed funding to the Veterans Administration and TRICARE. And perhaps most bizarrely, he refused — repeatedly — to approve Democratic-led initiatives that would have extended TRICARE coverage to all reservists and National Guard members, even though a disproportionate number of them have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan — and many lost access to their civilian work benefits when they did so.”

9. In 2002, the Washington Post reports, Wilson attacked Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., on national television, calling him “viscerally un-American” and accusing him of “hatred of America” because the Democrat suggested that the United States had once provided Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein with the wherewithal to acquire nuclear and biological weapons technoligies. Hussein was an ally of the United States during the war he waged on Iran. […]

10. Wilson served in the Reagan administration as deputy counsel in the energy department.

11. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., hearts Joe Wilson; calls Obama “combative.” “The president’s combative tone did not justify a member of Congress shouting out ‘you lie,'” Graham told the South Carolina newspaper, The State. […] He then attributed Wilson’s behavior to the president’s remarks.

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12. Wilson’s heckling is raising funds for both him and his opponent in his upcoming congressional race.

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13. Joe Wilson’s BFFs in Congress, according to McClatchy Newspapers: Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Delegate Madeliene Z. Bordallo, D-Guam.

14. Joe Wilson continues to lie. In a YouTube video released Thursday, Wilson, who apologized to the president Wednesday night via White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel,seems hardly contrite. He now says that “liberals who want to give health care to illegals are using my opposition as a distraction…” “They want to silence anyone who’s against” the Democrats’ health-care plan. Wilson continues to refer to the health-care plan as “government run,” and attributes his outburst to having spent a month in town-hall meetings with emotional constituents who oppose a “government takeover” of health care.

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31 responses to “South Caro-whiner

  1. jeb

    It’s easy to favor “insurance run” health care when they pour all that money in your pocket.

    Never heard of this bozo before the incident but reading this indicates he is a completely and utterly despicable human being. I hope there’s a special circle of hell for people who voted for Bu$hco’s stupid contractor war and then continue to vote against any health benefits for those who served there.

    I don’t know why the Dems didn’t strike while the iron was hot and hold a vote to censure this jerk immediately.

    • “I hope there’s a special circle of hell for people who voted for Bu$hco’s stupid contractor war and then continue to vote against any health benefits for those who served there”

      I couldn’t agree more …

      • that makes 3 of us, wickle.

        • Come to think of it … when people say that they support the troops but oppose a particular war, certain elements of the Right say that that’s impossible, blah, blah, blah …

          … But would these people be ones who support wars but NOT the troops?

          Seriously … we owe troops AT LEAST decent health care (including mental health care … at risk of getting off subject). Of course, I think we also owe it to them not to send them out on false premises.

          • wickle,
            i agree 110%. i also think that we would have a much healthier (in all aspects, not just physical) and safer society if everyone had access to decent medical care, including preventive, medical, mental, and dental care. i keep going back to that quote from apollo 13:

            From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. And it’s not a miracle, we just decided to go.

            • Exactly.

              I keep hearing that the US is the richest nation ever in the history of mankind. (At least, I did hear that until I quit listening to Hannity a couple weeks ago.)

              So why are we the only wealthy nation in the world that doesn’t make sure that everyone has basic health care?

              And why the heck is it people who call themselves pro-life (in many cases) who are against it?

              • it makes so much economic sense to give everyone health care. first, it will mean less time off from work due to sickness, not only for one employee, but perhaps many if something is contagious. second, if people are allowed to go to any facility (and if they can get all the care they need in one facility), think of all the gas saved (not to mention wear and tear on roads). monitoring someone who has a chronic disease, such as diabetes is a helluva lot cheaper than emergency efforts later on.

    • it’s easy to favor insurance-run health care when taxpayers’ money is paying for the best that is offered, you never have to be worried about being denied medical care, and the insurance companies are lining your pockets with lots of green.

      i could really care less about him getting censured. it will only make a martyr out of him to the crazies on the far right. however, i hope that the spotlight stays on him, because things like his opposition to veterans’ care and his membership in the scv should be shoved in his face at every opportunity. let ‘you lie’ be his macaca moment.

  2. Wow, Nonnie, did you ever find an obscure comic!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_(comics)

    There’s one problem. The Heckler is the Good Guy!* The villain in this issue is C’est Hay (Say Hay).

    “C’est Hay- Psychopathic killer composed completely of hay and/or straw. Resembles a scarecrow. Has delusions of being an actor, speaks in stilted tongue, as if emoting dialogue…that is when he’s not singing and dancing.”

    At least Wilson has delusions of being something!

    *I originally typed “Good Goy.” My Freudian slip would have been showing, which would have meant I was in drag!

    • Look, I found a better villain!

      “P.C. Rabid- Ultra-conservative media celebrity. Constantly instigating plans that present imagery used as an attempt to demonize the Heckler.”

      Lots of people could fill this role!

      • oh, neon vincent, what am i gonna do with you? you’re the only one who would know that the original heckler was a good guy (or a good goy, but i don’t think religion should enter into it, though there appears to be a rabbi involved in the story). let’s just say i used a little artistic license, and this heckler is from an alternate universe. 😉

  3. Great reporting Nonnie.. This Wilson is an asswipe from the word go..

    From his memberships to his past transgressions to his outburst in Congress.. it all tells a story.. and none of it good.

    Glad to see him outed and hope more people see this and out him even further…

    • thanks annette, but i just cut and paste. the problem was choosing which articles to use. there were so many of them. that’s good, though, as it’s going to take an awful lot of sunshine to disinfect this idiot. his son, who is running for s.c. attorney general, appears to be as big of an ass as his father, so i wouldn’t be disappointed if this rubbed off on his campaign.

  4. i didnt think we could find another creatin (sp?P under the GOP rocks – but we did – and the media – already giving him the platform for his martyrdom – they cant stop talking about him – which of course ends up making him a hero

    a new member of the gop coven
    Palin, Bachmann and now Wilson

    and he makes those two look sane

    • they are in endless supply. the media might be giving him center stage, and he might be a martyr to the crazies, but the crazies are already on his side anyway, so it won’t help him. the sane people look at him and see a rude frat boy.

  5. The great state of SC has been making big political news this year, unfortunately, it has showcased how f*cked up it is.

    On a sidenote….poor Robert with the last name of Oldendick.

  6. Addison Graves?
    Those are disease names!
    Then there’s his sister, Polio Pox and his brother Shingles Malaria Wilson.

  7. Get the muzzle AND the hook!

    I am however, loving the backlash–
    The front running Dem. opponent Miller now has $867,280 in his donation coffers!

    (According to the
    http://www.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/19079
    website)

    A friend confided she too sent a contribution to Miller and described it as a “peaceful way to get revenge”.

    Sweet!

    Also I was noticing the names of the groups of contributors:

    • Californians against “Joe the Jerk”
    • S.C. Deserves a Respectable Congressman
    • Ohioans for civil discourse
    • Higher life forms for Rob Miller
    • Iowans Against Idiocy
    • Talkers against Screamers
    • Joe the Dumber
    • Housekeepers —–(get it House of reps…)
    • Job Vacancy: One U.S. Congressman
    • Retiring Ass Clown Joe Wilson

    One gets the impression there is much contempt for Joe letting his emotions expose the worst of him.

    Joe just made himself history!

    • 😆 i’ve donated over at act blue, but i never read the forums. omg! hilarious! i loved this one:

      Joe Wilson Stole Your Bike

      by Rod

      Joe Wilson is your pre-existing condition.

      Joe Wilson used your best scissors to trim his ear hair.

      Joe Wilson laid off your dad just before his pension kicked in.

      Joe Wilson canceled Arrested Development.

      Joe Wilson yells ‘Free Bird’ at concerts.

      Joe Wilson hit on your mom.

      Joe Wilson didn’t refill your Brita pitcher.

      Joe Wilson traded the dead batteries in his Walkman for the fresh ones in your TV remote.

      Joe Wilson yells while adults are talking.

      Joe Wilson uses White-Out on legal documents.

      Joe Wilson steals one of each pair of socks while they are in the dryer.

      Joe Wilson’s phone goes off in movie theaters.

      Joe Wilson walks his dog on your lawn.

      Joe Wilson scrawled your sister’s phone number in the bathroom stall.

      • What a kick! I like the pre-existing condition reference.
        Joe should start reading the classifieds.

        • well, he’s in a still conservative district, so he might still be safe. rob miller has raked in lots of bucks, but so has this moron. even if he does win reelection, he’s going to have to spend a lot of money, and he will never be known for anything more than his idiotic outburst. that will be his legacy. if that’s enough for his constituency, then they deserve what they get.

  8. Joe Wilson is also known for citing my name at bars when the phone rings. I think he wants to introduce his wife to me.

    • hello ahmnodt heare,
      welcome to the raisin! 😀 what a nice surprise to see you over here. i’ve enjoyed your comments at other blogs, and i’ve been to yours quite a few times. very funny! hope to see you around here again soon.

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