By a 240-179 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval against Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who yelled during President Barack Obama's health care address to Congress last week.
This effectively does nothing, only proves, via an official roll call, that a majority of the U.S. House thinks Joe Wilson is a jackass. Gotta love politics.
Bitterly divided along party lines, the House rebuked him for shouting "You lie!" at the President during his speech last Wednesday on national TV.
The rare resolution of disapproval was pushed through by Democrats insisting that Wilson had violated basic rules of decorum and civility that night.
Republicans dismissed the vote as a political witch hunt and a waste of precious time and taxpayers' money. Hard to argue with the former at least.
Joe Wilson called the White House to apologize after the incident, and said the president "graciously accepted my apology and the issue is over."
Joe Wilson has been rebuked. This does nothing, but it's funny!
Republicans agreed, but several Democrats pressed the issue.
"The resolution is not about the substance of an issue but about the conduct we expect of one another," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md).
Wilson's "You lie" outburst came as Obama said illegal immigrants would not be eligible for federal subsidies to purchase health insurance under his plan.
Democrats say their proposals prohibit undocumented immigrants from getting assistance. Republicans say we need stronger verification requirements.
Whose side are you on?