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.
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