Promoted from the diaries by Rosi, who is represented in Congress by Leonard Lance, damn it.
This is an embarrassment. Last week Congressman Joe Wilson (Rude-SC) heckled the President of the United States while Mr. Obama was speaking in front of the United States Congress at the invitation of the United States Congress.
Today the United States House of Representatives was presented with a vote that said it disapproved of Joe Wilson for heckling the President when he spoke in front of Congress at the invitation of Congress.
The entire NJ Republican delegation voted against the mild rebuke. That’s Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Frank Lobiondo, Leonard Lance (the “moderate”), and Chris Smith who apparently think it is OK to heckle the President.
I mean, here is the text of the resolution that they voted against:
Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of Congress convened pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 179, the President of the United States, speaking at the invitation of the House and Senate, had his remarks interrupted by the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson; and whereas the conduct of the Representative from South Carolina was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House:
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson, during the joint session of Congress held on September 9, 2009.
I mean, holy shit but that is the most mealy mouthed resolution that could possibly be passed. Wilson was wrong in his behavior, and he was wrong in his facts. What the hell do these Republicans think is appropriate behavior if embarrassing the United States on national TV is OK with them?
And these morans are members of the same party — the REPUBLICANS — who equated opposing President Bush with treason. Shit!
The fact is that Wilson embarrassed the House, the Senate and the Country. All the resolution says is that he degraded the processions, and that the House disapproves of that kind of action.
But Frelinghuysen, Garrett, Lobiondo, Lance and Smith can’t bring themselves to break from the national GOP and make this simple statement?
To paraphrase the Dixie Chicks, I’m embarrassed these idiots are from the state of New Jersey.