The last time I used that title, I came down on Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. for his outrageous comments about then candidate Barack Obama. Now, a Republican member of Congress, a five-term Congressman no less, had the unmitigated gall to call the President a liar in the middle of the President's joint address. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina has embarrassed himself in a spectacular fashion. I mean it's one thing to think the man is a liar; it's a whole new ballgame to call him one in the middle of his speech, which is being watched the world over.
I am so sure that Wilson was one of those Republicans who challenged the patriotism of Democrats who disagreed with the policies of President Bush; that was standard practice following 9/11 from the right. But no one from the Democratic party dared to interrupt President Bush when he addressed a joint session of Congress. Oddly enough, those members had enough respect for the office of the President to contain themselves.
I am glad that many in the GOP, with John McCain leading the charge, have criticized Wilson's actions. That certainly helped influence the timing of his apology, which he issued fairly quickly by Washington standards. But the fact that our civil (if you can call it that) discourse has reached this new "town hall" level low says so much about who we have become as a people.
I wonder if Wilson is a "birther" too?