On a largely party-line vote, the House voted 240 to 179 to ratify a “resolution of disapproval” against Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for interrupting Obama’s speech last week before a joint session of Congress. Just 12 Democrats opposed the resolution against Wilson, while seven Republicans supported the disapproval motion. Five Democrats voted “present,” rather than cast a yes or no vote.
During the hour-long debate, Wilson refused to apologize, saying his private phone call to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was sufficient because Obama himself said the matter was closed the day after his speech.
“It is clear to the American people that there are far more important issues than what we are dealing with now. . . . [Obama] graciously accepted my apology, and this issue is over,” Wilson said in brief remarks.
I like GOP Rep. John Carter’s characterization last night of the Democrats’ chamber — he called it the House of Hypocrisy.
Nary a peep about corruptocrat Charlie Rangel or CIA-smearing Nancy Pelosi or unhinged Pete Stark Raving Mad, etc., etc. etc.
But now we have revised rules of decorum dictating which insults are acceptable and which are forbidden.
The House Democrats refuse to police unethical behavior, but they are all for policing Republicans’ sharp tongues.
The Etiquette Czar approves.
The seven Republicans who voted for rebuke:
The twelve Democrats who opposed the rebuke:
The Democrats voting present:
The members not voting: