Several people objected in comments, emails and other places to my argument yesterday that what Rep. Joe Wilson did -- though dumb and juvenile -- was hardly some grave threat to the Republic or even a substantial deviation from standard right-wing political behavior.
UPDATE III: Law Professor Darren Hutchinson places all of this in the context of the apparently genuine beilef/hope of many Obama supporters -- as recently as a few months ago -- that, unlike Hillary Clinton, Obama would be a unifying figure who would cause the country to trascend its divisions and leave behind it bitter ideological disagreements (the Post-Partisan Age). I would hope that even the Truest Believer of that could now recognize that -- even if such an outcome was desirable -- no such thing was ever going to happen.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
"Is the Right's attack on Obama's legitimacy new or unprecedented?"