It's been five days since the President's speech in the House....with the South Carolina Republican uttering the immortal "you lie" comment. He came back hours later and called and uttered his apology....which probably came from some advice from his associates in the House. He probably felt that would be it, and he'd be finished by Sunday with this entire mess.
Representative Pelosi came up early and said that she wanted to move on, and not allow Wilson to get more coverage than the real topic. I think her original train of thought was right.
Amusingly enough....over Saturday and Sunday....some folks have jumped on the wagon and think that Wilson now needs to appoligize in the house....with witnesses around. In fact, they'd like to cook up some punishment here.....but realistically, it's all just a paper-trail of punishment.
Meanwhile, Wilson's opponent picked up almost $750k in campaign contributions since that evening. But Wilson has now picked up almost $1 million, and some folks think he might be getting up to $3 million within thirty days.
I contemplated this moment....of Pelosi dragging this South Carolina guy down to the front and making him to utter a public apology. It would likely rank as one of the most incredible screw-ups that the Democratic could possibly manufacture. I would like to think that over this weekend....they finally came to some reality and will just let this whole event fade. If they can't.....it'll turn into a 5-star speech....outmatching the President's three-star speech of last week.
Mrs Speaker, Representatives of the House, and honored guests. I'm here to render a proper apology over my comments at last week's President speech here.
Allow me to say....that I'm sorry.
I'm sorry over a piece of legislation that totals 1,000 pages and not a single member has read it.
I'm sorry over that members of the house find so many of their citizens in the home district upset with the manner of speed and incompetence displayed.
I'm sorry that President hasn't grasped the public sentiment over the bill.
I'm sorry that a number of house members will not be around after November of 2010's election.
I'm sorry about alot of things but here's the bottom line. If you want to take me down now....or even think you can toss me out of this legislature.....consider this....each of you reside in districts with real people. They could envision a simple recall effort and have you of you terminated within 90 days.
If you've ever pondered the concept burning bridges as you cross them....this might be one of those five-hundred foot bridges and you won't get a chance to retreat or rethink your efforts. Feel lucky? Feel like you've got this under control and you can toss me? Go for it. Just remember....you got elected by people and they can recall you on a whim.
Have a nice day.
Then I'd walk away, if I were this Wilson dude. The plain truth is that it's best to just let this whole mess just lie and not get any more mileage out of Wilson. But if you were fairly stupid and lacking experience in gauging a situation like this.....well....go for it.