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Thursday, September 10, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Joe Wilson takes one for the team

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

I can only find one explanation for the episode of Tourette's by Rep.
Joe Wilson ... during the president's health care speech: stagecraft.
Joe Wilson took one for the team. They looked at the advance script,
picked the point in the speech, and through some process Wilson's the
guy. Relatively safe district, though he got a scare in 2008. If we've
learned anything in the year of tea parties and town halls, it's that
the media loves a dramatic distraction. Even if it's by a tiny
minority. (One in this case). The stunt will backfire, of course, just
like the tin-eared official response by Rep. Charles Boustant (House
of Lords-La.) Despite the birthers and the anti-school speechers,
people still want the President to get a minimum level of respect,
especially in a State of the Union style setting. But this wasn't for
the masses. It was, as in most things GOP these days, a move for the
base.

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