Censure Joe Wilson (UPDATED)


A new poll released Friday shows that Rep. Joe “Liar” Wilson is now trailing his Democratic opponent, Iraq war veteran Rob Miller, in his 2010 re-election campaign:

Democratic candidate Rob Miller, who has received a ton of money from donors around the country since Wednesday night, now has 44%, to Wilson’s 43%. The two both have 75% support among their own parties, but Miller leads among independents by 47%-39%. Only 29% of the total pool of respondents approved of Wilson’s actions at the speech, compared to 62% who disapproved.

Wilson won re-election over Miller by 54%-46% in 2008, after having previously won his races with support of more than 60% or even over 80% of the electorate.

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In addition, the Miller campaign announced late Friday that they have received more than $1 million in donations from more than 25,000 donors since the “you lie!” incident.

Now, House Dems are indicating that they want to officially condemn Rep. Wilson for his disgusting outburst:

Democratic leaders initially showed mixed interest in punishing Wilson. But they decided at a meeting late Thursday that they probably will propose a resolution of disapproval early next week if he doesn’t apologize to Congress, said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

While not a formal censure or reprimand, the resolution, if passed as expected, would put Congress on record as condemning Wilson’s conduct.

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Condemnation isn’t enough–Joe Wilson should be censured. I mean, he did break House rules:

House Dem leaders are now mulling censure for Wilson, and a House Dem aide points to these House rules to suggest that Wilson may be on the hook for rule-breaking:

Likewise, it has been held that a member could not:

* call the President a “liar.”

* call the President a “hypocrite.”

* describe the President’s veto of a bill as “cowardly.”

* charge that the President has been “intellectually dishonest.”

* refer to the President as “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”

* refer to alleged “sexual misconduct on the President’s part.”

Whatever happened to having respect for the office of the Presidency? Conservatives used to go on and on about that when Bush was President–oh wait, I forgot, we’re all supposed to forget that the Bush years even happened. My mistake.

The right just can’t help themselves– they operate by completely different rules when a Democrat is in charge.  And do you think that, had a Democrat done the same thing during one of Bush’s speeches, they would have just let him off the hook with a slap on the wrist?


Joe Wilson needs to apologize in the place he made his initial insult–publicly, on the floor of the House of Representatives. He brought this all on himself by freely breaking House rules–if he doesn’t apologize then they should throw the book at him, plain and simple.

And anyone who has any respect for our democracy should work to ensure that “Liar” Wilson isn’t around to see the start of the 112th Congress.

Like President Obama said, the time for games has passed–let’s show the conservatives that we really mean it.

UPDATED: Some right-wingers are pointing out that, at the 2005 State of the Union, Congressional Democrats booed then-President Bush.

While that did happen, the opposition party booing the President during a joint session of Congress isn’t uncommon–Republicans booed Clinton a number of times during some of his State of the Unions.

Booing isn’t uncommon, nor is it against House rules; calling the President a liar during his speech is uncommon, and that is against House rules.

“Liar” Wilson brought teabagger tactics onto the floor of the House of Representatives.  More importantly, he broke the rules, and for that he should be punished.



  1. Adam · September 14, 2009

    If we can’t call the President a liar in Congress than we may as well start packing now and join the old USSR in 10 yr.

    If the Democrats can’t handle free speech then they don’t deserve to sit in Congress!

    Censure on this issue is an act of Tyranny!

  2. Volkster · September 15, 2009

    When is someone going to talk about censuring the president for lying?

    Isn’t it funny that calling the president a liar is “uncommon”, but being lied to by the president is not even newsworthy?

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