Hey, look: It’s another nutroots boycott that’s bound to backfire. Out-of-state callers are phoning South Carolina government officials and telling them they’ll never visit again over GOP Rep. Joe Wilson’s unruly moment last week when he called out one of President Obama’s health care untruths:
State and local tourism officials are being flooded by emails and calls from people across the country, saying they won’t vacation in South Carolina because they’re upset by GOP Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst at President Barack Obama.
The officials said that a number of the out-of-state e-mailers have said they’ve taken beach trips for years in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and other South Carolina resort areas, but don’t plan to return.
Uh-huh. How much you wanna bet the bulk of the calls came from Southern-haters who’d never visit the state in the first place?
The Democrat House resolution condemning Wilson is expected this afternoon on the House floor.
Leading the charge? Race-baiting Democrat Rep. James Clyburn.
Awaiting the Kabuki Theater of Manufactured Outrage.
The decision by Democratic leaders to bring a resolution of disapproval to the House floor was derided by Republicans, who said Wilson had already apologized for his remark during Obama’s health care speech to a joint session of Congress last week.
But it was also met with skepticism by a senior Democrat, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., who said he would vote against it. “I think it’s bad precedent to put us in charge of deciding whether people act like jerks. I don’t have time to monitor everyone’s civility.”
Wilson apologized to the White House for his outburst, and Obama said he had accepted the apology. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially said she was not inclined to take the matter further, saying it was time to move on to the more pressing matter of health care.
But other Democratic leaders, including Wilson’s fellow South Carolinian James Clyburn, said the egregious breach of decorum could not be ignored. Wilson in turn rejected suggestions that he go to the House floor on his own and apologize.
Wilson delivered a short speech at the opening of Tuesday’s session, but did not refer to his confrontation with Obama. He spoke of the large town meetings he held over the August recess full of “honest patriots” who “want us to work together for health insurance reform but not a government takeover.”
Clyburn, in an interview last week, said Wilson’s outburst was “indicative of the combativeness he displays all the time when it comes to politics.”
Clyburn, a leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus, perceived it as a snub that Wilson held a town hall meeting on health care this summer at a school in Clyburn’s district — where Clyburn’s children attended — without telling Clyburn.
House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio sided with Wilson and said he would vote against the resolution.