Wrist-Slapping

Dems Vote to Sanction Joe Wilson

Though at first Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted nothing to do with Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You Lie!” fiasco, she has since come around and led House Democrats to vote on a “resolution of disapproval” against Wilson late Monday. Wilson—who famously heckled the president during his joint address to Congress, then apologized, then turned his bad manners into a fundraising tool—has repeatedly said he “won’t be offering any more apologies,” an oath that rankles fellow South Carolina Representative and House Majority Whip James Clyburn. Clyburn, a Democrat, has led the charge against Wilson on the grounds of Congressional decorum and sending a message that degrading treatment of the president will not be tolerated. House Republicans say they will oppose the sanction, characterizing it as “petty partisanship.”