RNC Chairman Michael Steele has released a new statement condemning the House Democrats’ upcoming motion of disapproval against Rep. Joe Wilson — which Steele incorrectly refers to as a censure — in yet another sign that the Republicans are closing ranks around Wilson:
“In another stunning example of hypocrisy, congressional Democrats are wasting taxpayers’ time and resources on a legislative measure to censure Congressman Joe Wilson so they don’t have to talk about their exceedingly unpopular health care plan. Without question, Joe Wilson made a terrible error in judgment and has wasted no time in extending a personal apology to the president. The president has accepted his apology.
“If we are going to march Members down to the well of the House to apologize, Joe Wilson is going to have to get in line behind Nancy Pelosi, who attacked the intelligence community who protects us, Charlie Rangel who cheated on his taxes, Jack Murtha – a walking scandal, and we all know how the Democratic leadership tried to protect William Jefferson.
“Democrats don’t want an apology. They want a side show – something to shift the focus away from their government-run experiment on health care.”