House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has released a statement, saying that he will oppose the Democrats’ expected motion to admonish Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) for his “You lie!” outburst during President Obama’s speech to Congress last week:
Rep. Wilson has apologized to the President, and the President accepted his apology. Last Thursday, Speaker Pelosi said that she believed it was time to move on and discuss health care. I couldn’t agree more, and that’s why I plan to vote ‘no’ on this resolution. Instead of pursuing this type of petty partisanship, we should be working together to lower costs and expand access to affordable, high-quality health coverage on behalf of the American people.
So the situation is now clear: Democrats will continue to pile on Wilson, while Republicans will circle their wagons and defend Wilson — who is, of course, the new hero of the GOP grassroots. And for his part, Wilson will probably keep on doing his thing, if his Fox News Sunday appearance was any indication.