Joe Wilson the Thief
I am coming to the opinion that Joe Wilson did not act out in a moment of irrational exuberance and emotionality. I think this was done with calculation, and very much on purpose – with one simple goal in mind: to steal the speech. Oh, he may also have had some personal reasons – it’ll be great regardless of bipartisan condemnation for his support amongst grassroots Republicans. But I think there was more to it than that. Already the focus has been drawn from the speech and the substance of that speech to the Wilson scandal – and there’s only so much time before the window on the speech’s efficacy will shut.
This is very savvy politically. If enough discussion can be drawn away from Obama and on to the Wilson incident, it could very well snuff out any advantage the Democrats may gain from the State of the Union address. Any publicity is good publicity as the saying goes.
There really is only so much time that a speech remains poignant. It has to resonate with the American public and lawmakers – and it has to have time to sink in. That means lots of people have to listen or read discussion of the speech, hear re-caps and sound-bites. Have it parsed out into simple bullet points. If this all doesn’t happen soon enough, then the two events – the speech and the rehash – will be too far divorced. Instead we will all be thinking about Joe Wilson’s outburst. When we come back to the speech later it will be too late.