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September 15, 2009

Democrats to Vote on Rep.Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) Sanction Today

The Politico

House Democratic leaders will move ahead with a "resolution of disapproval" against Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on Tuesday afternoon, following through on their threat to sanction the conservative lawmaker for heckling President Obama during his speech to Congress last week.

Democratic leaders will formally introduce the resolution Tuesday afternoon, according to House insiders, and the vast majority of Democrats - as well as some Republicans - are expected to vote for it.

No decision had been made at press time as to which Democrat would be offering the resolution.

A number of Democrats, led by Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) and other black lawmakers, were outraged when Wilson yelled out “You lie!” during Obama’s address, and they have pressed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats to sanction Wilson.

'You Lie!' Shout Brings Vote on Sanction

Racial Issue Simmers as Black Democrats Lead Push Against Wilson

Washington Post

House Democrats plan to formally reprimand Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on Tuesday for his outburst last week in which he accused President Obama of lying about proposed health-care legislation.

The vote on punishment will resolve the issue in the House, but behind the incident some see a broader question: Is racism a factor in the way the president is being judged?

With two simple words -- "You lie!" -- shouted during Obama's speech to Congress, Wilson helped escalate an issue that has been on a slow burn for weeks, especially among African Americans. Many watched the rancor at last month's town hall meetings with suspicion that the intense anger among some participants -- including signs calling for Obama's death and a movement questioning his citizenship -- was fueled by the fact that a black man sits in the Oval Office.

Led by their most senior black lawmakers, House Democrats decided Monday evening to hold the vote. The decision risks escalating the partisan warfare that has erupted since Wilson's outburst.

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Clyburn has said behind closed doors that many black voters saw Wilson's actions as part of the heated rhetoric from conservative activists whose protests, including one on the Capitol grounds Saturday, have included depictions of Obama as Adolf Hitler and the comic-book villain the Joker, according to those attending the meetings. It was one thing to have such remarks at town hall meetings during the summer recess but completely different during a presidential address to a joint session of Congress, Clyburn and other black Democrats argued, and Democrats needed to stand up for the first black president.

Wild Thing's comment......

Sheesh! Here goes the race card once again. When this to brought to a vote the Republican members need to walk out in masses.

Where was the black caucus when Bush was being called a liar and worse, villified in cartoons, on major networks---Oh, yeah! They were leading the charge. Not racism, though. It is impossible for a black who hates whites to be racist.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 15, 2009 05:47 AM


Screw the congressional black caucus.

Posted by: Bob A at September 15, 2009 08:22 AM

"and Democrats needed to stand up for the first black president." The Dems just can't let go of their racism. Stand up for him because he's black? Not because his policies are just (in their opinion) or just because he's the president...noooooo. It's because he's a BLACK president. Geez.

Posted by: PeteSuj at September 15, 2009 09:01 AM

GO JOE GO and God bless DiXie! The Palmetto State rocks and Myrtle Beach Up!! Proud to be a leader in my traditional conservative white christian caucus?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 15, 2009 02:42 PM

Yeah where's the Conservative White Caucus.

Three cheers for Joe Wilson...hip,hip, Hooray.
Finally a Republican with a spine. Just goes to show they can't handle the truth.

But some Republicans are voting in favor of his "Outburst", they should be drummed out of the party, the gutless bastards.

Posted by: Mark at September 15, 2009 04:23 PM

Oops... voting in favor of disapproval, they should be drummed out of the party for not supporting a fellow Republican who has the guts to tell the truth.

Posted by: Mark at September 15, 2009 04:25 PM

Thank you everyone.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 15, 2009 11:25 PM