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Inglis Calls on Wilson to Apologize to House

By Garance Franke-Ruta
In another example of how Twitter is rapidly taking on a role in congressional communications previously played by press releases or television appearances, South Carolina Republican Bob Inglis on Tuesday morning tweeted a call for his fellow South Carolina delegation member Joe Wilson to apologize to the House of Representatives for his violation of decorum in interrupting President Obama's address to Congress last week with the shout, "You lie!"

"Just said to GOP Conference meeting what I said privately to Joe Wilson: apologize to House for rule violation," Inglis tweeted.

He added, in follow-up tweets: "Part 1: Joe Wilson apologized to President. Part 2: He should apologize to House for rule violation. That would end the matter."

And: "Joe Wilson analogy: I speed, lose control of my car and hit your car. Part 1: I fix your car. Part 2: I pay my speeding ticket. Case closed."

Inglis, like Wilson, is seeking reelection in 2010, but appears to have chosen a path that jibes less well with the new ferment among grass-roots conservatives, having provoked Glenn Beck supporters by telling a town hall in August "turn that television off when he comes on".

The GOP needs to "lose the stinking rot of self-righteousness," he said more recently, after South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford revealed an affair.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 15, 2009; 1:35 PM ET
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"The GOP needs to "lose the stinking rot of self-righteousness,""

They'll need to do more than that. They need to reject Reaganism and that ain't gonna happen. They will devolve into a radical right wing collection of nut jobs kept alive by the corporate interests that feed their paranoia.

Posted by: thebobbob | September 15, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Wilson needs to be waterboarded. That's the only way to get an apology out of a Republican.

Posted by: hamishdad | September 15, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse


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Illegal Immigrants = 9.3 million
Medicad Undercount = 6.4 million
Medicaid/SCHIP Eligible = 4.3 million
Childless Adults = 5.0 million
Over 300% of Poverty = 10.1 million
Remaining Uninsured = 10.6 million

Medicad Undercount – People who are on one of two government health insurance programs, Medicaid or S-CHIP, but mistakenly (intentionally or not) tell the Census taker that they are uninsured.

Medicaid/SCHIP Eligible – Eligible for free or heavily subsidized government health insurance (again, either Medcaid or SCHIP), but have not signed up.

Childless Adults – Adults between ages 18 and 34 and without kids.

Over 300% of Poverty – Do not fit into any of the above categories, and they have incomes more than 3X the poverty level.

Remaining Uninsured – U.S. citizens, with income below 300% of poverty, not on or eligible for a taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program, and not a childless adult between age 18 and 34.


Posted by: xinunus | September 15, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

At least there were 23 level-headed Democrats who didn't vote for the "disapproval" of Rep. Wilson (R-SC):

Arcuri, Delahunt, Giffords, Hinchey, Hodes, Kucinich, Maffei, Massa, McDermott, Moore, Taylor, Teague, Engel, Foster, Frank, Shea-Porter, Skelton, Ackerman, Lynch, Sestak, Tanner, Velázquez, and (shockingly) Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) is a hypocrite!

He called GWB a liar on the floor when the House was in session too.

Why the double standard?!

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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