Just in time for the holidays, there's another expletive-driven episode making the rounds on the blogosphere after an unnamed Democratic congressman expressed his distaste at the tax cut deal President Obama forged with Republicans.
At the conservative NRO, Jim Geraghty's take:
Yelling “you lie” earned [Rep. Joe] Wilson a deserved rebuke; we’ll see if dropping the F-bomb in reference to the president in a meeting of several hundred people earns any serious consequence for this unnamed lawmaker. My fear is no. Sure, it was a semi-private meeting, and I’m sure this isn’t the first F-bomb to be dropped on Capitol Hill — I’m sure we all remember the much-discussed exchange between former vice president Dick Cheney and Sen. Patrick Leahy. But this feels different, like another line has been crossed in standards of public behavior. Wasn’t any Democrat in that room offended by those words? Didn’t anybody object?
Once you start marinating in this nastiness, it starts to seep into how you think and speak, and perhaps you can’t turn it off. It is now defining the Left. Michael Moore. Bill Maher. Joy Behar. It didn’t just stay in the grassroots and celebrities; it came to the halls of Congress with Alan Grayson.
And now, finally, it comes full circle. Now they’re sneering at Obama. Their guy. The guy whom they adored, perhaps as much as any party has ever adored its leader, in 2007 and 2008. Now they say, “[F-word] him.”
Hey, pal, that’s the President of the United States. Show some respect.
(How did it come to the point where we have to be the ones to demand that?)
NRO's Jonah Goldberg compared the outburst to the "You Lie," episode, noting that some suggested Wilson's exclamation was racially motivated.
When Rep. Joe Wilson yelled “you lie!” — which he most certainly should not have done, everyone was convinced that racism was the only explanation. But when a Democrat shouts, admittedly in a different forum, F*** the president, no such speculation arises. That’s fine, I’m fairly sure that racism isn’t the culprit here. But I’m also sure that if this was a story about a Republican, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich would bang out several columns insisting that racism told the whole story and Keith Olbermann would be busting out his Field Guide to North American Klansmen. Of course, Olbie’s now so mad at the president, he must be wondering if he’s a racist.
Conservative RedState blogger Erick Erickson tweeted, "I bet the Dem who said 'F--- the President' today supported censure of Joe Wilson for saying 'you lie.'"
In a later blog post, Erickson set the scene, demonstrating that despite Demcorats' unhappiness with the compromise, "the deal must now die."
In a rowdy meeting in which one Democratic Congressman said loudly 'F— the President,' the House Democrats turned Nancy Reagan and just said no.
On the left, Balloon Juice's John Cole simply called his post "Demoralized."
I don’t think I’ve ever been as demoralized, cynical, and disgusted with politics as I am right now. The whole thing just makes me sick to my stomach. I really can not believe that we have a major party that is behaving the way the Republicans are, and even worse, I can’t believe they are being rewarded for this behavior. They were rewarded at the polls, the Democrats are in disarray, and the country is sort of just stalled. Nothing meaningful can be accomplished, and the Republicans and the media don’t care.
I’ve scanned the news for something interesting and uplifting to write about, and every headline I see just depresses me and makes me want to go back to bed or smash my computer and tv. And the worst thing is I don’t see anything changing. This is a structural problem, with the rich, the corporate masters, the media, and the money party pulling the strings. I’m not the sharpest tack, but I try to at least pay attention, and I find it hard to attain the information I need to make a good decision. I’m waffling back and forth on the tax deal because there really is nowhere to get a critical, unvarnished look at things. If I’m having this much trouble, how are other people who aren’t obsessed with things working these issues out.
And that is when I get more depressed. They probably aren’t. They’re just voting for their team. Sarah Palin shoots animals and hates the lieberals! One of us!