Sometime this week, the House of Representatives will officially reprimand Joe Wilson for calling the president a liar last week, on the floor of the House.
Many Democrats were willing to let Wilson off the hook.
But Whip James Clyburn insisted that Wilson either apologize from the floor or be punished.
And Clyburn is right. Because silence is consent. Without some official sanction when a member of Congress so blatantly and publicly violates the rules of the House, other nutcases will be tempted to do the same thing – just for the publicity.
Wilson himself has shown no regrets. Even though Republican leader John Boehner asked him to apologize, he refused. Instead, he’s so proud of his outburst he’s using it to raise money for his re-election campaign.
This guy, and other Republicans like him, need to be taught a lesson about decorum and civility and respect for the House of Representatives and the office of President.
Meanwhile, after Serena Williams had her own little outburst, she was fined $10,000 and forced to forfeit a point, thereby losing the game.
Which just proves: we take what happens on the tennis court more seriously than what happens on the floor of the House of Representatives.
That’s my parting shot for today.