I've been thinking about Muntadar al-Zaidi and Joe Wilson. What do the shoe-thrower and the loose-tongued Congressman from South Carolina have in common?
Just this: they both used the President of the United States to thrust themselves into the spotlight and become heroes to their cause. That's worth three years, er one year, nine months... whatever... to al-Zaidi. I'm not sure he expected the torture, but it sounds like he's being promised his virgins in this life; at least he's been getting a lot of marriage proposals. (I'm still impressed by President Bush's reflexes)
Wilson? Hard to tell, but the word is his campaign coffers are overflowing. It's hard to get much traction nationally when you're one of 435 Representatives. His opponent's bound to get the same windfall from the other side of course, but whatever happens he's made his footnote in history.
Let others pontificate on whether he was right. That's one of those boring Washington tempests. What's the point in arguing over a bill that's not even in its final form? You end up with minutiae like who's the liar disputing his claim to have practice immigration law. That's getting pretty far afield, isn't it?
It does show a lack of class. Granted, the Halls of Congress will never be mistaken for British Chambers. We don't do golden prose very well. Still, that kind of heckling is pretty worthless in a town hall meeting. It's totally out of place in the Capitol.
There's a trend here. The yahoos who flaunt their weapons at President Obama's appearances have also lost any perspective or claim to credibility. I understand where they're coming from, support their right.... blah, blah, blah.... and think they've completely lost it.
Civitas. Look it up.