Breaking: House votes to censure Wilson, 240-179; Update: 12 Dems vote no, seven Republicans vote yes

posted at 5:53 pm on September 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

I’ll post the roll once it’s available; the only suspense is in seeing if anyone crossed party lines. The text of the resolution:

Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of Congress convened pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 179, the President of the United States, speaking at the invitation of the House and Senate, had his remarks interrupted by the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson; and

Whereas the conduct of the Representative from South Carolina was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson, during the joint session of Congress held on September 9, 2009.

Wilson used his floor speech to make the “distraction” argument, which is fine and certainly fair, but like I said yesterday, there has to be some penalty for boorishness. This guy went from total obscurity to grassroots rock star overnight for behaving badly, and the first rule of incentives is that it’s a bad idea to reward bad behavior. Ed’s point this morning about a double standard is well taken but that’s an argument for more discipline of bad actors, not less. This was literally the least they could do to reprimand him; he’ll survive. Stand by for the roll.

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Update: Politico tallies up the aisle-crossers:

Even though the vote was largely partisan, there were a few departures from party loyalty. Seven Republicans voted to rebuke Wilson: Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana, Joanne Emerson of Missouri, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Tom Petri of Wisconsin, Dana Rohrabacher of California and fellow South Carolinian Bob Inglis.

But 12 Democrats voted no on the resolution: Michael Arcuri of New York, Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts, Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, Maurice Hinchey of New York, Paul Hodes of New Hampshire, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Dan Maffei of New York, Eric Massa of New York, James McDermott of Washington, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Gene Taylor of Mississippi and Harry Teague of Arizona.

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Rep. Wilson first congressman in history to be formally rebuked for behavior toward president in chamber…

“This has been another presentation of ‘Great Moments in Boorishness’. Thank you.”

Orange Doorhinge on September 16, 2009 at 1:35 AM

House of Boors

maverick muse on September 16, 2009 at 9:17 AM

My local talk radio guy is in Washington for some radio thing and he has an eye on Wilson’s website. It is like a Jerry Lewis telethon. He had last Wed. $250,000 in his warchest. As of right now he has over 1.6 million and it goes up by thousands every time he checks back.
This resolution is the best thing that could have ever happened to Wilson.

Way to go Lefties!

patriotparty1 on September 16, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Hey, Joe, print that resolution out in the thousands, sign them and hand them out at campaign rally’s. It’s a badge of honor to be reprimanded by filthy, lying, pork-encrusted scum. Wear it proudly.
That allahpundit called you a “bad actor” is a gold star on that badge.

SKYFOX on September 16, 2009 at 9:36 AM

A word to the scum in the House…”bite me”!
We’re operating out of your “playbook” now. Not too pleasant when it’s used on you, is it?


hopefloats on September 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Everybody out there… Get your copy of “Rules for Radicals”. Learn how it’s done and apply it. Two can play this game!

hopefloats on September 16, 2009 at 11:43 AM

W sent our check on Monday along with a thank you letter and a picture of my DC rally sign saying, “Rep. Wilson is Right.” As I said to my husband, we collectively could triple our donations and allow him to run for President! I want to do something to make the Lefties’ heads explode. Might as well spend the money on a worthwhile cause as it let Obama & Co tax or inflate it away.

Margaret McC on September 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Now that there has been bipartisan censure of Rep. Joe Wilson, I think we can now see decades of decorum on the floor of the House when the Republicans take control in 2010.

Wait, there is someone at my door. I’m expecting the Easter Bunny.

BigAlSouth on September 16, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Joanne Emerson of Missouri

She’s not listening to the people who elected her.

Torch on September 16, 2009 at 4:36 PM