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Playing by their own rules?

Yesterday, the House of Representatives reprimanded Joe Wilson for his “You lie!” outbust during the president’s speech, and Republicans denounced the move as partisan. But Politico has an interesting story on how it was Republicans who insisted on the House rule that forbids calling the president a liar.

In fact, it is against the rules to even suggest mendacity on the part of the president, even if he isn’t there. Interrupting the president’s speech to call him a liar is a total no-no.

It is also ironic how much time the Republicans spent attacking the Democrats for wasting time for the reprimand.


One Comment

  1. Sammy wrote:

    Let’s face it. This was political. And if the tables were reversed (Republican president, Republican congress, Democratic shouter), the same thing would’ve happened. It’s always political. I figured Wilson apologized personally to Obama, and Obama accepted…move on.

    But I do NOT feel bad for Wilson. Why? Because I think the payback for the impeachment of Bill Clinton over lying about sex in the White House (an issue that never should have been brought up in the first place) is going to have to be a lot worse than this.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Permalink