The media was hoping for a big backlash against Congressman Joe Wilson, and hoping it would turn the tide in favor of ObamaCare (a "game-changer", to quote the AP).
Well, all it did was turn the tide in favor of...Joe Wilson:
A source on Rep. Joe Wilson's campaign says his fundraising has broken $1 million -- and surpassed that of his Democratic rival, Rob Miller -- since his outburst of "You lie!" during President Obama's address to Congress Wednesday.
The source said Wilson's current tally is $1,005,021 from 18,859 donations amid a high-profile campaign on the Drudge Report and elsewhere telling conservatives that Wilson is "under attack" for his willingness to take on Obama.
...Wilson's success -- despite having been criticized by Republican leaders -- represents the power of the conservative grassroots to reward politicians who confront the White House in the sharpest terms.
And to punish those who vote against their interests as well. Damn voters:
Indeed, the "cap and trade" bill that narrowly passed the House last spring is creating headaches for several Democrats....One Democrat most affected is New Mexico Democrat Harry Teague. His district, which McCain carried last year, is one of the largest oil and gas producing areas in the country, and Teague has faced angry crowds back home ever since voting yes.
Teague forgot who he represented, and will likely lose his job. Wilson never forgot, and the people handed him a cool $1 million-plus so that he can keep calling it the way he sees it. Personally, I bet he's already wishing he ran down the hall to the patent office to put a trademark on his phrase:
Pointing toward the Capitol, its dome a majestic backdrop, former Republican House Leader Dick Armey alluded to the oath that Obama took Jan. 20. "He pledged a commitment of fidelity to the United States Constitution," Armey said.
"He lied!" the crowd chanted back. "He lied! He lied!"
The crowd of "conservative grassroots", as they echoed through Washington yesterday at the September 12th Tea Party rally. They'll support Joe Wilson, as they'll support all the truth-tellers against Barack Obama.
But talk about motivation...now that other politicians see an obscure guy get a million-dollar payout for two words of defiance, how many new "rebels" will we see come out of the woodwork?