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Joe Wilson the Hero

Since RedState.com is one of the two or three most prominent conservative political blogs out there, it’s very interesting to see the reaction of its founder, Erick Erickson, to the incident last night when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shrieked “You lie!” at the President for saying (accurately) that his health care proposal did not create coverage for illegal immigrants:

Joe Wilson has been identified as the Republican who yelled out that Barack Obama was a liar.
He gets a drink on me!
CONTRIBUTE TO JOE WILSON HERE. Joe Wilson’s opponent raised $11,000.00 in an hour after Joe Wilson stood up to Barack Obama. We must help Joe Wilson.

But defending Wilson as a “Great American Hero” (in the title of the post) wasn’t enough for Erickson, who is only happy when he’s acting as an ideological commissar rooting out any signs of moderation in the GOP:

Bob Bennett (RINO-UT) was the only Republican who stood up and clapped when Barack Obama bashed Sarah Palin over the death panels. That jackass should be taken out in a primary.

So Sarah Palin completely fabricates an inflammatory “death panel” claim, and other wingnuts fabricate the illegal immigrants claim. Nobody made them do this; both claims were based on crazy conspiracy theories at best, and conscious, end-justifies-the-means lies at worst. The President calls them on it, Wilson goes nuts, and he’s an American Hero, while Bennett is an “unrepentant fool” and a “jackass” for failing to sit on his hands when Obama called the “death panel” crap a lie.
These people are shameless. And they no longer seem to have a firm grip on reality.

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