September 10, 2009

OBVIOUSLY THE GROWN-UP PARTY OUGHT TO ACT LIKE ONE...:

Wilson's rallying cry (GLENN THRUSH, 9/9/09, Politico)

The night's defining moment — which Democrats hope to transform into a turning point – came when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted "You lie!" as Obama claimed his plan wouldn't offer free care to illegal immigrants.

Wilson's boorishness — for which he quickly apologized — enraged audience members on both sides of the aisle.

It also overshadowed a speech that included some of Obama's harshest attacks on his GOP critics to date, including a denunciation of "death panel" alarmists as liars — a veiled swipe at Sarah Palin — and a warning to Republicans who want to "kill" reform.


...but what's delicious is the reason that Mr. Wilson was right. The fact is that half of all illegal immigrants already have insurance and what's holding back the rest is that their employers don't offer it. A bill that puts any kind of mandates on employers will boost coverage of illegals, though the "free" part is probably unfair.

The bigger question is why the GOP's elected members went and sat through such a partisan speech? Mr. Obama is entitled to engage in political posturing, but a joint session of Congress isn't the place for it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2009 7:44 AM
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