I was distracted and didn't realize that I had the tv on Ch 9 until I suddenly attended to the story on Obama's speech. It seems that the healthcare debate has reached a turning point, at the moment Wilson opened his mouth on the house floor. Gulp. Apparently, a healthcare bill is now inevitable and it's all his fault because his behavior was disgraceful. I don't know what I expected them to say, but that wasn't it.
Begala has a lovely piece on CNN Politics.com
Commentary: Obama lucky with his enemies
by Paul Begala http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/10/begala.obama.enemies.wilson/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
I particularly love the conclusion:
In an important new book, "Republican Gomorrah, Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party," journalist Max Blumenthal reports how a party once epitomized by honorable conservatives like Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush and John McCain has come to be dominated by extremists, lunatics and just plain creepy people.
Blumenthal says, "The GOP has become subsumed by dysfunctional personalities with no capacity for restraining themselves, either from acting out hysterically or from their most devious urges. For these internally conflicted figures, who will continue to produce new and increasingly bizarre scandals, right-wing political crusading is simply a form of self-medication."
Contrast the Republican rogues' gallery of Wilson, Sanford, Boustany, Duvall and Palin with the faces of the Democratic Party: the Obamas, the Bidens, the Clintons and Justice Sotomayor, and ponder how truly blessed Barack Obama is by the quality of his opponents.
I love it. That's just choice. And gee, he didn't even mention Ms Bachmann, inspiration to seed artists throughout the state. And lest I forget which scandal goes with which name after the link has gone away:
Wilson: the Rep from SC who called the President a liar during a joint session. He just couldn't control himself, he explained. This from a retired Col. who served decades and retired from the reserves to the CiC on the House floor, no less. And a Birther to boot.
Sanford: the Gov of SC who has the amazing ability to be solitary hiking in the Mountains while actually running off for five days. To Argentina. At taxpayer expense, some say. But hey, this wasn't some cheap affair, he was truly in love.
Boustany: The solemn doctor who delivered the GOP response to the speech, Lord Boustany, oops just Rep Boustany (LA)--he got a refund and they were convicted of selling fraudulent titles. Turns out that he needed a career change from heart surgeon, there were repeated malpractice suits and one finding of substandard care by the Review Panel.
Duvall: The CA State Senator who sat at a hot mike and bragged about bedding two lobbyists with extreme disipline. A real blow to those who were so proud of his 100% voting record on family values, of which he was a loud and renown champion.
Palin: Good Ol' Sarah "Death Panels" Palin, who was unleashed upon our poor country right here in our rivertwin cities. This woman just can't be parodied. And, sadly, I don't think she can be forgotten.