Wednesday, September 16, 2009
With friends like Bob Inglis, who needs enemies?
Congressman Joe Wilson continued to catch flack over his outburst during last week’s Presidential address. In a move that makes the Democratic leadership look like thin skinned Obama sycophants to the rest of the world, the Democratic leadership in the House engineered a resolution disapproving of Congressman Wilson’s remarks last week. (For example, the British, with their famous Question Time in Parliament, are laughing at our thin skins.)
Think on it. Dare to cry out in the people’s House against our great leader, and the leadership will engineer a resolution to condemn you. Such seems Orwellian, but it is expected of Pelosi and company. What was not expected was a South Carolina Republican, Bob Inglis, voting in favor of such a resolution.
Usually, members of a state congressional delegation, especially those within the same party, are close. They work with one another and stand with one another. Inglis chose another way. Indeed, Joe Wilson had a better political friend Tuesday in Democratic District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes then he did his fellow South Carolina Republican Bob Inglis.
What is the reason for Bob Inglis’s move against Wilson? There are several possibilities. First, Bob Inglis has a Sanford like streak of going his own way, and not caring about working with others in his own party. Second, there is the fact that Wilson’s former law partner, state senator David Thomas, is running against Inglis. Could Inglis be so petty as to go after Wilson for such reasons?
Regardless the reason, Joe Wilson learned Tuesday that with friends like Bob Inglis, who needs enemies? Republicans will have to decide how to deal with Inglis at the polls next June.