The Price Of the Emperor’s New Clothes

The Left has been in a frenzy in the days following the ObamaCare pep rally outburst by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). The “You lie” accusation not only elicited a totally qualified apology from the congressman but it has also established a market of sorts that serves as a barometer of political passion:

With a political arms race in full force, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has raised almost $750,000 in less than 48 hours since his shout of “You lie!” to President Obama during the Wednesday address to Congress, almost matching the Internet-fueled haul of his likely Democratic opponent.

A senior GOP official said Wilson, who apologized to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel after the health-care speech but has since refused a more public apology, has turned his own previous sleepy campaign machine into an Web-friendly effort. Just as liberals have poured cash into the campaign of Rob Miller, who lost to Wilson by almost eight percentage points in 2008, conservatives are pouring contributions into Wilson’s campaign at an astonishing rate.

Having lived in South Carolina for several years I can reasonably predict that if Congressman Wilson’s opponent, Rob Miller, could not get within eight points of him in 2008 then he doesn’t have a hope and change chance of getting closer in a mid term 2010 contest. Therefore, the money pouring into Miller’s campaign is what political insiders call weak money. All hat, no cattle.

Congressman Wilson’s outburst on Wednesday was, in microcosm, the emperor’s new clothes moment for which many political spectators have been patiently waiting. Suddenly someone in Washington has called this President’s bluff. Politics, when stripped to the bone, is a confidence game. President Obama and his aides know they are losing at that game, hence the Wednesday pep rally and faux outrage at Joe Wilson. We are witnessing the most rapid destruction of a presidency in recent history, a political bubble that is bursting only now because a poorly vetted candidate with no qualifications is encountering a modicum of reality.

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