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The Joe Wilson circus

From NBC's Luke Russert
At around 6:30 this morning, the media started lining up outside of Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-SC) office on Capitol Hill. On a normal day, one would be hard pressed to find more than a security guard in the Cannon office building at 6:30 a.m.

But when a sitting member of Congress shouts, "You lie" at the president of the United States during a joint session to Congress, normalcy not longer applies.

Starting at around 8:30 a.m. various groups supportive of Congressman Wilson's comment began to stop by his office. First up: the Montgomery, Alabama Tea Party Patriots. When leaving the office, one of the four women that made up the group said, "He was right, and he needed to know it." 

Later, long-time anti-abortion rights activist Randall Terry, founder of "Operation Rescue," stopped by to applaud Wilson's effort.

"I came here to congratulate him," Terry said, adding, "Last night, I jumped out of my chair when he yelled that; I was so fired up!"

Terry then distributed cards depicting the Boston Tea Party printed with the lines, "Remember the Boston Tea Party? We won't pay for murder in health care."

Ann Sullivan, a South Carolina native, sported an anti-tax T-shirt made by the conservative group "FreedomWorks."

Sullivan said she stopped by the office because "I felt he needed a positive pat on the back, because I am sure the phone calls and everything else, otherwise I think he has done an outstanding job. People say things in the heat of the moment, and I honestly believe this is one of those times."

Not everyone who stopped by the office was supportive. Vilma Leake, originally of Charleston, S.C., said she went inside to "bring him home." Translation: She wouldn't support his re-election. Wilson won his re-election in 2008, 54% to 46%, which mirrored how John McCain faired in his district in the '08 election, 54% to 45% over Obama. Wilson, whose district is 27% African-American, won re-election in the previous two elections with percentages in the 60s.

"Wilson set a bad example for the young people in his office," Leake concluded.